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Generic Psychotropic Medications: Issues of Cost-Effectiveness and Patient Benefit

Laura LaDue, DPT, PhD
Volume: 104 Issue: 10 October, 2011

Abstract:

Since the implementation of managed care, clinicians have struggled with ways to provide optimal treatment in a cost-effective manner. With the rising cost of medications, generic substitutes appear to be an answer. Some medications have proven to be less effective in generic form. Consumers may be wary of generics. However, when financially motivated, many people choose generic over brand-name products. With the hope of finding effective medications with fewer side effects, drug companies continue to spend money to find the best solutions. Research in medication efficacy is costly, which is handed over to the consumer. Benefits and efficacy of generics will be discussed.

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