Would you prescribe a new drug over an older, "tried-and-tested" drug?Created by:
A lot of new drugs are being discovered, approved and released every week. These new drugs are sometimes aggressively marketed to physicians, and if they are over-the-counter, are aggressively marketed through the media, despite sometimes being more expensive (as new drugs usually have exclusive patents to a single company so that company can dictate the price). I often wonder if physicians prefer to prescribe these newer drugs rather than sticking to the drugs that they’ve known to be effective. I wanted to ask the physicians here: what can make you prescribe a new drug? If a new drug came out that was relevant to your specialty, would you immediately prescribe or recommend such a drug to your patients, or would you prefer prescribing an "older" drug that you know more about?