Drugs: Just as Good?

"Aspirin is just plain aspirin and nothing else," says Wisconsin's Senator Gaylord Nelson. It is just that, he claims, regardless of how much it costs and whether it carries a famous brand name. Nelson goes further: he believes that prescription drugs for serious illnesses should be dispensed, not under a manufacturer's trademark name, but under the "generic" (common chemical) name, which usually carries a lower price tag. Whether generic and brand-name drugs are really medically equivalent has been debated before Nelson's Senate Monopoly Subcommittee for almost two months now. So far, no...

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