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French lean on doctors over Crestor/Zetia, generic prescribing

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Executive Summary

Cost considerations have led the French authorities to clamp down on the reimbursement of two expensive cholesterol-lowering drugs, AstraZeneca's Crestor (rosuvastatin) and Merck's Zetia (ezetimibe). Also looming on the horizon, if recommendations from the Court of Auditors make any headway, are incentives for doctors to prescribe more generic medicines, particularly in the statin class.



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