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Patients playing doctor with prescription drugs

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Who knows what's best for you?  A study done by Consumer Reports shows one in five people go into a doctor's office asking for a prescription, by name, before ever being diagnosed.

Commercials and magazine-ads for specific drugs are everywhere.  Drug manufacturers spend billions of dollars each year to make sure you know their product and what it can do.

But those ads never mention the cheaper and sometimes more effective generic counterparts.

"I think some people are a little bit brainwashed by media images where certain brands are heard over and over but for majority...you explain generics serve the same purpose, the vast majority are happy to take generics," Gastroenterologist Dr. Michael Gerdis said.

In most cases, generic drugs can cost up to 80% less than brand names.  But your doctor knows best which you should go with.

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