Will my doctor automatically prescribe
You can receive the highest level of benefit from
Kansas City prescription drug coverage by
1. Ask your physician for the generic
equivalent in a prescription situation;
2. If a generic is not available, ask your
physician for the preferred brand name
3. Confirm with your pharmacist that you are
receiving the most cost effective prescriptionalternative.
Important Facts About G E N E R I C D R U G S
The pharmaceutical industry has produced a
What process must a generic drug go
Do all drugs have generic equivalents?
stream of new drugs in recent years aimed at
through to be approved?
No. Some drugs are protected by patents for up
fighting more health conditions than ever. While
A generic drug meets the same stringent performance
to 20 years and are supplied by only one company.
this is a result of innovative research and
and bioequivalence standards set by the U.S.
achievement, society is paying a high price for
manufacturers can produce its generic equivalent.
manufacturing process of all drugs is strictly regulated
Currently, about half the drugs on the market are
by the U.S. government and the same standards are
Retail spending on prescription drugs soared nearly
20 percent annually in recent years according to
How can I get generic drugs?
figures tracked by the National Institute for Health
Whats the difference between a generic
Healthcare professionals strongly support the use
Care Management Foundation (NIHCM). One of
and brand name drug?
the most effective ways to help control some
Because a generic drug must meet the same
Association, the largest organization of medical
pharmaceutical costs without reducing quality
scientific standards established by the Food and
doctors, states that generic drug products are
patient care is to take advantage of generic drugs.
Drug Administration (FDA), must have the same
acceptable for use by the American public. Ask
Generic drugs typically cost from 30 to 75 percent
active ingredients and must have the same medical
your doctor or pharmacist if any prescriptions you
less than brand name drugs. With a cost benefit
effect as a brand name drug, there is very little
are currently taking can be filled with a generic
like this, it is important you know the facts about
difference between the two except name and price.
BRAND VS. GENERIC DRUG PRICING
What are generic drugs?
A generic drug is made with the same active
ingredients and is available in the same strength and
dosage form as the equivalent brand name product.
Generic drugs are named for the chemical compound
Ingredient prices based on 34-day supply
Generic price reflects BCBSKC maximum allowable cost (MAC), Brand price reflects average wholesale price (AWP)
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