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Report Finds Generic ADHD Meds Effective

A new study finds that doctors and patients may favor brand-name meds because drug companies provide free samples.

Friday July 10th - 4:31pm

According to Consumer Reports' new Best Buy Drugs report, no one attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medication has been proven to work better than any another. The report claims that for many children and adults, the generics dextroamphetamine or methylphenidate are as safe and effective as brand-name drugs like Adderall XR, Concerta, or Strattera to treat ADHD symptoms. The report also suggests that taking these generics could lead to a savings of roughly $3,000 a year, depending on the dosage.

The report states that doctors are more likely to prescribe, and patients are more likely to take, the brand names because drug companies provide free drug samples. Once the samples run out, patients often continue to take that same medication, often at a high cost.

Get more information on the Consumer Reports review.

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