Good article - with an important point
Posted by bobbapink on Dec 18, 2001 at 19:19
Re: Top Antidepressants equally effective, study shows (Shasta)
The study could have implications for health-care costs given that less expensive, generic versions of Prozac, or fluoxetine, were introduced in August when the blockbuster drug lost its U.S. patent protection.
If a doctor prescribes any name brand drug, always question him as to the availability of generic substitutes. If the doctor indicates that none are available, that's one thing, but if the doctor says that the brand name is somehow...better...or...preferred, question his motives. He may be getting kickbacks in one form or another from the drug companies. Usually, if a generic is available, he’ll just shrug and write you a new prescription.