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Hearings On Drug Purchasing
Opening witnesses at Congressional hearings on drug prices contended that the government could save millions of dollars by purchasing drugs by their generic names.A Senate Small Business Subcommittee, headed by Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D, Wis), is holding the hearings in part to push bills that would make outpatient drug costs a Medicare benefit and that would encourage patients to ask their physicians and pharmacists to supply them cheaper generic equivalents.Noting that the first week's scheduled witnesses were all critical of the ethical drug industry, the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association urged in a statement that judgments be made only after all witnesses have been heard. PMA President C. Joseph Stetler said: "Our position is that the interests of the patient will best be served and the highest quality medical care be provided only if the physician remains unrestricted in his judgment of the medicine to
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