In August 2009 the Department of Health recommended that by the beginning of this year medications prescribed should be substituted by dispensing pharmacies in a bid to save the NHS wasted money on issuing branded medication. Prescribing generic medication has been deemed good practice for a long time but ultimately the prescriber has the final say about what their patient is dispensed. This article looks at why some prescribers want an opt-out clause on prescriptions for groups of patients who will not benefit from this action.
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