Prescription and use of “equivalent” drugs

Mario Eandi

DOI: https://doi.org/10.7175/cmi.v1i2.611

Abstract

Three case reports, where an “equivalent” drugs is prescribed, are described: a patient treated with lanzoprazole, a man with acute myocardial infarction and a young man with epilepsy. These reports are emblematic of the doubts and problems that doctors have to afford in the choice of a generic drug instead of a branded drug. The Author examines not only clinical, legislative and economical aspects of prescription of generic drugs in the Italian context, but also common questions that patients may ask when a generic drug is prescribed.

Keywords

Generic drugs; Therapeutic efficacy; Drugs prescription

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