Troyen A. Brennan, MD; Thomas H. Lee, MD
A 69-year-old woman with several medical problems believes that she is allergic to generic medications. She frequently conflicts with her long-time primary care physician, who, as required by the patient's insurance coverage, refuses to prescribe brand-name drugs when generic alternatives are available. This conflict intensifies to a crisis when the patient develops life-threatening problems and still will not take prescribed generic medications. The presentation of this real case is accompanied by a discussion of the ethical dilemmas of the patient's physician, who must weigh the interests of a patient who clings to beliefs that the physician thinks are unfounded against the interests of a just rationing program and the broader population it serves.
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Brennan TA, Lee TH. Allergic to Generics. Ann Intern Med. 2004;141:126-130. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-141-2-200407200-00011
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2004;141(2):126-130.
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