Countries should encourage use of generic substitutes, says OECD

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 08 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1996
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    More use of generic alternatives to off-patent drugs could ensure better value for money, says a study of drug pricing policies in rich countries. Such a policy would release resources and improve the availability of drugs to patients, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report says.

    Several conditions are important to maximise the effect of generic substitute strategies: “Patients must be price sensitive, doctors and/or pharmacists must have incentives to prescribe or dispense cheaper drugs, and several generics qualified as substitutable for the originator must be available in the market.”

    Such policies could …

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