The Consumers Union (CU), best known for publishing the product ratings
guide Consumer Reports, is filling a void where advertisers,
pharmaceutical manufacturers, and health plans often do not tread.
Since late last year, the CU’s Consumer Reports
Best Buy Drugs project has released a half-dozen detailed reports that
evaluate widely used categories of prescription drugs. The reports compare
generic, brand name, and in some cases over-the-counter medications within
each category and designate “best buys” based on cost and effectiveness.
Each report is available online at http://www.CRBestBuyDrugs.org at
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