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BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 16 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:382

Germany introduces generic substitution by chemists: The German parliament has decided that chemists in Germany should normally dispense the generic version of drugs when patients present their prescriptions, unless a doctor specifically forbids it. The aim is to prevent a further rise in the health budget. Doctors can also prevent substitution by prescribing a drug within …

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