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Official names can save money - even when only proprietary preparations of a drug exist

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Many of the drugs in the British National Formulary are available as only a single proprietary product and cost the same whether the prescriber uses the official name or the trade name. Others are available in both unbranded and proprietary forms, and if the generic name is used on the prescription the pharmacist can supply either: he will usually dispense whichever costs less.

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