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Le médicament générique et la relation de soin : Sociologie d’un quiproquo

Abstract : Generic drugs, introduced on the French drug market in the late 1990s, have deeply affected relations between patients, doctors and pharmacists. Pharmacists and patients are now able to choose the brand of drugs. Comparing the prescribed drug with its generic equivalent, far from being automatic, involves evaluating products and, too, the prescriptions for them. Can one drug be taken for another? Is one prescriptionist the equivalent of another? Some persons claim that there is a generalized equivalence between drugs and those who prescribe them, whereas others try to maintain the older hierarchy of values. The quid pro quo introduced by generic drugs is a litmus test for analyzing the values that shape the behavior patterns of those involved in health and the organization of care.
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Etienne Nouguez. Le médicament générique et la relation de soin : Sociologie d’un quiproquo. Sociologie du Travail, Association pour le développement de la sociologie du travail, 2009, 51 (1), pp.46-63. ⟨10.4000/sdt.15866⟩. ⟨hal-01491570⟩



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