my physician. I was not consulted on the switch, but was aware of it. I was dumb to the fact that I thought I could return it if I had not opened the packet. Regardless, does a pharmacist have the right to question a doctor's prescription without involving the patient. The brand name switch is not an affordable one for me. Do I have rights? I still hold the unopened package containing the brand name prescription.
Unless the Dr writes "do not substitute" on the script they can substitute, although this typically means the Dr wants the brand and does not want the Rx to substitute with the generic. Since this is the reverse it does seems unethical, but it's not illegal. Next time you'll have to tell the Rx you only want the generic, if they refuse you'll have to change pharmacies.
Just another example of our ailing health "care" system.
If a dr writes the brand and do not substitute, then the pharmacist can't change anything. If he writes the brand name, and says nothing, then the pharmacist can substitute the generic. By law a pharmacy cannot take a prescription back once its left the pharmacy. If you go to the same pharmacy and have always gotten the generic and now he orders the brand, the pharmacist might ask you if you want the brand, since you've always gotten the generic. But if your dr ordered brand, do not substitute he can't do anything with a prescription. Had he asked you if you wanted the brand, then he could have called the dr and ask about it. But there is no requirement to do that. When they give you the price, you can say why is it so much higher, and the problem would come out that way, but he has no responsibility to if he is following what the dr ordered.
If the dr writes a prescription that is wrong, then it is his responsibility to check with the dr. When you give him a prescription you tell them you want the generic. Next time don't let the dr order the brand.
If your dr wrote for the brand, and the pharmacy dispensed the brand, what questioning did he do of the rx? You have a responsibility too, to make sure the dr orders what you can afford, and let the pharmacy know you don't want the brand when you hand them the script. Also to be sure you have the correct one before you leave the pharmacy.
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