Doctors favour the costly drug Nexium for gastric reflux disease. But a drug that is basically the same can also be bought under a different name for a lower price and without a prescription. A woman in her thirties has suffered a serious case of gastroesophageal reflux disease for over ten years. The disease had been treated with the proton-pump inhibitor Nexium for its duration. It is one of the most commonly used medications for gastric reflux disease.
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Why do doctors favour a more expensive drug?
Recently the patient received surprising news: the agent of Nexium is the same as in Losec, which does not require a prescription. The only difference is the price, as Nexium is much more expensive than Losec. The woman was astounded.