Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn signed a bill requiring pharmacists to use generic versions of medications when filling prescriptions paid for by state-funded programs. Under the new law, pharmacists must substitute biologically equivalent generic versions of brand-name drugs unless the doctor specifically requests no substitutions. The generic also must be less expensive than the name brand. The bill was endorsed by state Senate Minority Leader Alice Costandina Titus (D-Las Vegas), who said the average cost of prescriptions for a generic drug was $24.63 last year, compared with $80.16 for name-brand drugs. -- by Laura B. Benko
Nev. orders generic drugs under state-paid programs
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