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Japan’s Slow Generic Use Caused By Physician Attitudes, Survey Says

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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TOKYO - Generic drugs' penetration into the Japanese pharmaceutical market has been languishing below 20 percent, and as many as 83 percent of consumers said their physicians have not recommended they switch from brand drugs, according to a survey released by research firm Ishare, Oct. 20

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