Recently my pharmacy switched mfr.from Janssen to Qualities even though thier trying to convince me the meds are the same they are not .I am not experiencing the same effective and the medication is nasty to the taste.The medication is risperiDONE ORAL.
What can you do when your pharmacy switches mfr.?
How is it that pharmacies are able to switch mfr.without the consent or foreknowledge of the consumer and what position does this put the consumer in if this new mfr.medication does not work?Finally what recourse do we as consumers have when this happens or to keep it from happening?
The active ingredient is the same, but the other ingredients can be different. This can change the absorption of the med. You can ask your pharmacist if they can get the other ones or you can change pharmacies..
At this point there is no law saying they have to tell the consumer which manufacturer they are using because the active ingredient in generics are equivalent or the same. Some pharmacies are more consumer friendly and will special order a specific generic for a patient and others will not. Most pharmacies get their medications from a middleman warehouse and the warehouse will negotiate for the best prices so generics can come from different manufacturers from time to time. If your pharmacy is one who doesnt provide customer service and order your supply from the manufacturer that you like, then your only recourse is to change pharmacies to one that is more customer service friendly. Many large pharmacies, like Walgreens, have enough business so that they dont have to cater to their customers. Smaller pharmacies are usually more willing to cater to the customer to keep the customer.
I saw somewhere - sorry, don't have the reference, that the active ingredient can be as much as 20% different from the brand name. Also the inactive ingredients change quite a bit and a lot of the ingredients cause side effects and problems. It's a big race to make money, pure and simple. I agree with the above poster - a small pharmacy would be your best bet to have a say in which manufacturer you get. And sometimes the brand name isn't the most effective. If you find a pharmacy willing to work with you - never leave it. They are precious as gold! - EJ
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