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GPs under pressure to prescribe generic drugs

25th September 2008

A survey by Pulse magazine has found that GPs feel under pressure to use generic drugs.

Of 401 GPs polled, two thirds said they felt under pressure to prescribe cheaper drugs and a third said this had interfered with care. The government has encouraged primary care trusts to get GPs to rely on generic drugs where it is appropriate. PCTs say they have a range of schemes in place to get doctors to use cheaper drugs, from simple awareness-raising campaigns to bonuses for hitting targets.


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