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Government drops plans for generic substitution amid safety concerns

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c5780 (Published 15 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5780
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

The government has said it will not introduce automatic substitution of generic drugs in primary care in England after a consultation showed that many people thought it posed a risk to the safety of patients and could create more work for NHS staff.

Announcing findings from a public consultation launched by the Department of Health under Labour in January (BMJ 2010;340:c135; doi:10.1136/bmj.c135), the health minister Lord Howe said, “We know that there are valuable savings to be made from the use of generic medicines where it is clinically appropriate. However, …

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