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Generic Substitutes Less Effective/Safe Than Branded Medications in Treating Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms
Date:4/27/2009

c medications on the part of patients," said Kevin McVary, MD, an AUA spokesman. "Often, men switch because of cost or insurance company regulations; but it is important to ensure efficacy and consider potential side effects prior to switching medications. A physician should be able to monitor the patient and may recommend switching back to the branded medication if efficacy decreases or side effects increase while taking a generic medication."

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Kaplan, S; Chung, D; Sandhu, J; Te, A. Generic substitutes are neither as safe nor effective as branded medications: experience in men treated for lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). J Urol, suppl. 2009: 181, 4, abstract 1799

About the American Urological Association: Founded in 1902 and headquartered near Baltimore, Maryland, the American Urological Association is the pre-eminent professional organization for urologists, with more than 16,000 members throughout the world. An educational nonprofit organization, the AUA pursues its mission of fostering the highest standards of urologic care by carrying out a wide variety of programs for members and their patients.

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