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Study: Doctors Give In to Patient Demands for Brand-Name Drugs

Posted on 01/8/2013 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Alvin Tran of Kaiser Health News Doctors are more likely to prescribe brand-name drugs over lower-cost generics when patients request them and when physicians have contacts with drugmakers, a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine Monday shows. The researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston analyzed data from a survey of 1,891 doctors in 2009 and found that 37 percent of  doctors admitted to sometimes prescribing a brand-name drug at a patient’s request even though a generic version of …