June 2019 Pharmacy Update

Are Generic Medications Safe?

As you may already be aware with the numerous drug recalls concerning certain medications (namely, ARBs) and the recent publication of the book, Bottle of Lies, by Katherine Eban, your patients may be more hesitant to continue taking their medications and may question its safety and efficacy. As you can see below, there have been several news articles discussing the book and its contents, and some patients have stated that they’ve already

“…toss[ed] every Indian- and Chinese- manufactured generic drug in to the garbage”

after reading the book.

Of course, each patient requires specific medications, and some may require brand name medications (ex: NTI drugs), but as an organization that strives to provide evidence-based, cost-effective quality care, we urge you to consider prescribing generic prescriptions for medications when appropriate.

As a prescriber, you may experience challenges with medication adherence and generic prescribing. Below are some tips and helpful resources you may use in your practice to facilitate conversations and ease worry with your patients (click on the images below to zoom in):

If you have any questions or would like to request additional resources, please feel free to contact the SVHP Population Health Clinical Pharmacist.

References: 1. https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/05/16/723545864/the-generic-drugs-youre-taking-may-not-be-as-safe-or-effective-as-you-think 2. https://nytimes.com/2019/05/13/books/review/bottle-of-lies-katherine-eban.html 3. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2825386443?book_show_action=true 4. https://www.fda.gov/drugs/questions-answers/generic-drugs-questions-answers
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