Free samples of prescription drugs are costly to patients, study says

April 16, 2014 10:44 PM

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Free samples of prescription drugs are costly to patients, study says

Doctors who gave patients free samples of acne drugs also wound up writing prescriptions for more expensive medications, a new study finds. (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times )

Free samples of prescription drugs may seem like a great deal for patients. But even when doctors think they’re doing patients a favor by handing out the freebies, the real beneficiaries are the drug manufacturers, according to new research in the journal JAMA Dermatology.

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