May 6, 2014

Doctors Miss the Chance to Recommend Equally Effective Generics, UM Study Finds

U.S. gastroenterologists often recommend name brand medications for acid reflux and constipation rather than cheaper store brands

Gastroenterologists often recommend over-the-counter medicines for acid reflux and chronic constipation but doctors may be missing the opportunity to save their patients money.

Investigators at the University of Michigan Health System surveyed gastroenterologists about their prescribing tendencies and use of OTC meds for acid reflux and chronic constipation.

Survey results were presented Saturday during Digestive Diseases Week in Chicago.

“Despite feeling that name brand and store brand laxatives are equally effective, the majority of gastroenterologists surveyed continued to recommend name brand laxatives and underestimate the cost-savings associated with buying store brands,” says gastroenerologist William D. Chey, M.D., professor of internal medicine at the U-M Health System.