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Some doctors look for old brand-name drugs
by Eui Kyoung Yoon (ekyeun@dreamdrug.com)
Published : Aug 5, 2014 04:13:28
Some physicians want to prescribe old brand-name drugs that have been discontinued after generic versions entered the market a long time ago.

The most of the drugs the physicians inquire of are anti-anxiety drugs, pain killers, and antibiotics. Primary care physicians tend to prefer prescribing brand-name controlled substances due to patients’ sensitivity to drugs.

An official of a multinational pharmaceutical company said, “Doctors understand the discontinuation of old brand-name drugs. Anyway, it doesn’t seem medically necessary.”

A primary care physician in Kangnam-gu, Seoul, said, “There is no price difference between a brand-name drug and the generic version these days. That’s why the brand-name drug is preferred.”

But an official of a Korean pharmaceutical company said, “Some doctors still want rebates. The prescription change to a brand-name drug can be a kind of retaliation.”
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