Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Free Bad for You?

Free Drug Samples? Bad Idea, Some Say - New York Times

Providers think they are helping patients save money when they give out free medication samples to patients. According the to New York Times, these samples are usually for expensive medications that patients may eventually need to pay for. Providers rely on the word of sales representatives for information about these medications. According to the article, representatives are usually inaccurate when giving information about medications and usually speak in favor of the medication they represent. Patients also need to be aware that sample medications may not treat their ailment as well as the older medications.

Just some food for thought the next time you get a medication sample from your doctor.

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