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Medical News & Perspectives
July 13, 2005

Easy-to-Use Drug Reports Help Patients and Physicians Weigh Costs, Benefits

JAMA. 2005;294(2):165-166. doi:10.1001/jama.294.2.165

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 no cost.