Prescription drug bottles Using a scoring system could allow health systems and pharmacies to identify a range of manufacturers who can meet their supply needs, potentially at a lower cost. (Photo: Shutterstock)

How effective is that generic drug you just picked up from the pharmacy? The regulations governing the approval of bo-similars has led to a perception that all generic drugs are created equal, when, in fact, that’s not necessarily the case. Generic drugs are increasingly being manufactured overseas, where oversight and regulations are much more lax.

Pointing to a long list of drug quality issues that includes contamination of critical blood pressure medications, heartburn medications and diabetes medications with carcinogens (have you gotten around to throwing out that bottle of Zantac yet?), a group of pharmacists is calling for the creation of a quality score system.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is the current deputy editor for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.

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