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Title
Economic aspects of drug substitution.
First Author
Salehi, Hossein
Date of Pub
1985 Spring
Pages
59-68
Volume
6
Issue
3
Other Authors
Schweitzer, Stuart O
Abstract
One of the major directions of health policy is the attempt to contain expenditures on pharmaceuticals by encouraging substitution of generic for brand name drug products. Yet, a major marketing survey of prescribing and dispensing patterns in California in 1977 found relatively little drug substitution occurring, and in fact substitution of more expensive products occurred more frequently than did substitution of less expensive products. This article tests alternative models of pharmacy dispensing behavior to better explain substitution patterns and it estimates price functions to measure the extent to which cost savings on generic products are passed on to consumers.
Abstract Continued
N/A
MeSH
Therapeutic Equivalency : California : Legislation, Pharmacy : Models, Theoretical : Pharmaceutical Services/economics : Prescription Fees
NTIS Number
PB85-226165