Can I ask my Pharmacy for Name Brand instead of GENERIC?
There are pharmacist on this site that will give you a more exact answer but I'll start to get the ball rolling.
If you notice on the actual script from your doctor there is a small box at the bottom.
The doctor checks the box authorizing the use of generic drugs if available.
The first place to start would be for your doctor to write "Brand name only" on the script.
You are requesting it for medical reasons which may be an advantage to you financially.
My experience has been that you CAN get the Brand but it's going to cost you if generic is available.
If your doctor orders Brand only the insurance may be required to charge you accordingly.
I think the reason for the difference is the inactive ingredients. The FDA will approve the generic use of a med if all the active ingredients are identical to the Brand.
FYI... This is a big bucks issue with the pharmas.
The inactive ingredients do not have to be the same.
I hope you can get this resolved without it costing you an arm and a leg.
Pharmacists - please comment if you notice any discrepancies with what I wrote.
Another option might be to see if there is another generic maker for the medication (most generic meds have several makers) -- you can ask at the Pharmacy. Sometimes, this is the simple fix. There's a good chance your insurance will not cover the brand name, so you may be facing a higher cost for the medication. But, if you choose to go that route, you need to have your doctor write a new script with the words "no substitution" on it. Good luck.
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