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The cost of generic and name-brand drugs

There are many generic versions of brand-name drugs available that sell for, on average, just 15% to 20% of the brand-name price. Research has shown these drugs are just as effective as their name-brand counterparts, but patients need to make sure to ask their doctor for generic choices, as it is not guaranteed he or she will suggest alternatives or even be aware of them. 
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