A recent study has shown that after the University of Pennsylvania Health System made a change to its electronic health records (EHR) – changing its default prescribing to generic medications increased the overall generic prescriptions. This rate rose from 75.3% to 98.4%.
There were some cases in which the difference that was noted was smaller. This included cases where there was a difference between the brand-name and generic, such as with the medication levothyroxine. However, the overall, 23.1% increase in generic prescribing rates is thought to potentially increase medication adherence while improving clinical outcomes.
These findings were published in JAMA Internal Medicine on May 9, 2016.