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Buying into generic drugs
- By Matthew Solan, Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch
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thanks for the knowledgeable article !!!! I completely agree to this
why we waste so much of our money on branded drugs when their generic counterparts are available at a very low cost and they are as effective as branded ones. I come to know about both these drugs from a site mediklik which provide detailed information about these drugs and a lot more you should check it once
Name brand and generic drugs have both advanced throughout the years. When one drug hits the market, often times many other generics follow behind it. The hard part is deciphering which one will actually work for you. The benefit of generic drugs is if you do not have insurance, you wont have to pay five to eight hundred or more dollars to treat your ailment. If you do have insurance though, you will only have to pay five to fifteen dollars for prescriptions or they may even be fully covered. The issue at hand is when do these drugs become addictive? Do they start to work so well or make the patient feel so much better that when the duration of the prescription is over, the drugs are a necessity? When people start feeling the need for drugs, name brand or generic, they should always seek assistance although this does not happen most of the time. Harbor Village Detox is a great place for counseling or addiction help. If someone were to become addicted to their prescribed name brand or generic drug, acquiring guidance is a next step option.
Personally, I prefer taking brand for Thyroid meds. The meds I get from mom & pop pharmacies from India always work different then Walgreens etc. I like supporting business in my town but can not if it affects how I feel. After I have meds filled at the Mom & Pops and notice a difference I google & find people furious that they are different.
Why does a pharmacy have the right to change your med. from one generic to another, without telling you. I don’t like that because when I have one working good for me I want to stay on it. Some generics do not work for me. Walmart is bad for doing this.
I have had a major reaction to some drugs manufactured in India. We figured it was not the drug itself, but the “filler” they use which may contain some form of shellfish…..to which I am highly allergic!
I have an awful time trying to convince pharmacies that I cannot take certain brands of generic drugs but just about the time I get this through their heads, “corporate” changes their supply to a cheaper brand. It is a day-to-day battle!!!
The Supreme Court ruled in 2011 that generic drug makers cannot be sued under state law for adverse reactions to their products, a decision that consumer advocates say is a patient safety problem. People can easily look up on-line the ‘authorized version’ of a brand name drug, if generics are available. The ‘authorized version’ is the EXACT formulations of the brand name drug. DO NOT confuse ‘authorized version’ as just ANY generic of a brand name drug, it is not. Then take this information and ask pharmacies in your area if they sell the manufacturer’s named ‘authorized version’ of the brand name you are wanting. NOTE: many pharmacists will act as though any generic drug is an authorized version so KNOW the EXACT name of the manufacturer of the ‘authorized generic’ that you are wanting.
Dr. Choudhry, thanks for covering this topic because I believe people are still afraid of generics in some cases and with the advent of biosimilars, we have come to another bridge. As a hospital based pharmacist for over 23 years, we used generics all the time if approved by the FDA in The Orange Book as AB rated. Most patients don’t know that there are criteria for approval of Generically Substitutable Drugs. We also did Therapeutic Substitutions for classes of drugs as yuo reference: One Proton Pump for another if Same efficacy, side effect profile, and could save monety. The models adopted by hospitals over the years, was the foundation of how the PBMs and Health Plans set up their prescription plans and co-pays. Health plans explain their prescription model in a handbook given to their patients/beneficiaries, but I don’t feel that their is enough follow up with patients and prescribing physicians.
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