- Step 1: Talk to your doctor Ask your doctor whether there is enough difference between the brand-name and generic medication to warrant requesting "No substitution" on the prescription.
- Step 2: Talk to your pharmacist Ask your pharmacist if a generic substitution has been AB-rated by the FDA. An AB-rated drug has been determined to be bioequivalent to the branded drug.
- Step 3: Ask your pharmacist about the generic's manufacturer Ask your pharmacist who the manufacturer of the generic medication is, and where it was manufactured.
- TIP: A generic may not be your least expensive option, especially if you have a drug discount card. Ask your pharmacist or plan administrator if you have questions.
- Step 4: Report any problems with the medication Talk to your doctor immediately if you experience new side effects or relapses after you begin using a generic substitution.
- FACT: According to a 2008 report from the AARP, a 1 percent increase in generic drug use could save consumers and the health care system up to $4 billion.
You Will Need
- Your doctor
- A prescription
- Your pharmacist
- A health plan administrator (optional)