Survey Regarding GENERIC DRUGS

Reading online I came across a recent study about generic medications and how people react to them.

Many people believe that the higher the price of a medication the better it works for them. They feel that when they get a generic it couldn’t possibly work as well as the brand name drug.

In a study of 82 healthy participants , they were given a light electric shock and then an identical placebo pill to relieve the pain. Half of the participants were told that the pills they were given were similar to codeine and cost $2.50 per pill. The other half was given the same information, except that they were told their medication cost only 10 cents per pill.

About 85% of the participants who took the placebo that researchers said cost $2.50 per pill reported pain relief, compared with 61% who took the pill that cost only 10 cents.

According to Consumer Reports, generic drugs are just as safe as their brand-name counterparts and work just as well for most people, AND they are much cheaper. Generic durgs save consumers $8 to $10 billion dollars at the pharmacy each year.

We have given much advice on this blog about switching to a generic form of your medication if it is available and if it works well for you. Please check at Wal-Mart and other large retailers for their lists of generics for $4 for a 30 day supply. You can do this WITHOUT USING YOUR DRUG PLAN CARD. This one tip alone could keep you OUT OF THE DONUT HOLE, for months longer. If you buy generics off your plan, it does not count toward the donut hole!!

At My Part D USA , we try to keep you informed of ways to save the most on your medications. Please read my other blogs about drug savings tips under the categories list on the left side of this page.

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Published by mypartdusa on March 18, 2008 in Drug Savings Tips.

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