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Some Generic Heart Medications Work Just as Well as Brand Name Drugs

December 3, 2008 -- Generic heart drugs work just as well as the brand-name treatments they mimic at a fraction of the cost, according to a new analysis that challenges why some people still have doubts about generics’ benefits after almost 25 years.

Patients fare no worse when given generics in place of brand-name drugs designed to lower cholesterol, reduce blood pressure or otherwise prevent heart attacks and strokes, researchers at Harvard Medical School say in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The researchers analyzed 47 studies of nine types of drugs.

To read an abstract of the article in JAMA, click here.

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