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Letters Generic substitution

Controversy over generic substitution

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 07 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3570
  1. Jon Emery, head1,
  2. Anne McKenzie, consumer advocate2,
  3. Caroline Bulsara, research assistant professor 3,
  4. D’Arcy Holman, head2
  1. 1School of Primary, Aboriginal and Rural Health Care, University of Western Australia, 328 Stirling Highway, Claremont, WA 6014, Australia
  2. 2School of Population Health, University of Western Australia, Clifton Street, Nedlands WA 6009, Australia
  3. 3General Practice, University of Western Australia
  1. jon.emery{at}

    Generic substitution1 has been permitted for several years in Australia but still causes problems for patients. We conducted a qualitative study of 104 Western Australian senior citizens with at least one chronic disease exploring their views and experiences of taking drugs safely. The most important and consistent theme related to generic substitution and …

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