When to Worry About Generics

To cut costs, many private insurers, HMOs and government health programs now require or encourage substitution of generic drugs for more expensive brand-name prescriptions. Most of the time, this makes sense. But reporter Stephen Levine reveals that some pharmacists and doctors warn that the indiscriminate switching of brand-name drugs and generics -- especially for the treatment of chronic or recurrent ailments -- can be extremely dangerous.

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