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Changing prescription software to favour generics could save Australia £40m a year

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7382.184/b (Published 25 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:184
  1. Bob Burton
  1. Canberra

    A requirement by the Australian government that the default in doctors' software be set to prescribe generic drugs has sparked opposition from the largest pharmaceutical industry body and doctors' groups.

    The existing software—which is sponsored by the manufacturers of brand name drugs—automatically ticks the “not for substitution” box. From 1 February a prescription must not be prepared by software with the default stating that generic drugs cannot be substituted for a brand name drug.

    Doctors will be able to select brand name drugs but they will have to uncheck the default box. …

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