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GPs save £400m in 2008 by increasing use of generic drugs

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 20 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2044
  1. Rebecca Coombes
  1. 1BMJ

    GPs in England who switched prescribing habits to cheaper generic drugs made almost double the anticipated savings last year, with the largest gains made on statins.

    Calculations by Keele University for the National Audit Office show that £394m (€450m; $600m) was saved through more cost effective prescribing in 2008. In 2007 the audit office reported that primary care trusts could save more than £200m a year if GPs increased the use …

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