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France to promote sales of generic drugs

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 22 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:653
  1. Alexander Dorozynski
  1. Paris

    The results of a survey released by the French social security administration last week show that only 3.1% of drugs sold in the country are generic drugs.

    The government is now proposing legislation to bring the sales of generics closer to the average level in other developed countries, in the hope of saving billions of francs a year.

    Sales of drugs account for more than 20% of health costs in France. The social security administration, which reimburses patients all or …

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