Generic Prescribing

STOP the prescribing of brand named medication when generics are available. Put down the generic and let the pharmacist decide on the drug!

Why the contribution is important

According to British Generics, generic medicines cost 20% to 90% less than the original price of their brand-name equivalents. In addition, competition from rival generic products forces originators to reduce their own prices after - or sometimes before - patent expiry.

Yet GPs still insist on "forcing" the pharmacist to dispense expensive brand-name medication. Wasting money!

by essjaydeeem on April 12, 2017 at 02:54PM

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  • Posted by essjaydeeem April 12, 2017 at 18:48

    It is unfair I referred to GPs alone.

    *Amendment: all prescribers
  • Posted by ninjadispenser April 17, 2017 at 12:03

    Sometimes patients react to the'excipients' in a medication,that is,the bulking or binding agents,so sometimes there are legitimate reasons for using brands which is and should be up to the Doctor to decide.Also,patients with conditions such as Epilepsy are sometimes advised to stick with an original product rather than swapping to generic as issues with stability of seizures has arisen with some people(not all by any means). So the situation must be flexible for safety. However I have come up against patients who will get quite indignant at being ' fobbed off' with a generic equivalent and will insist on specific manufacturers or colours of tablets. We do try to accommodate where possible but if unable,we refer back to the Doctor who carries more weight in the descision.
    Oh and the Pharmacist dispenses what the Doctor actually writes in words unless patient best interest an issue,e.g. At a weekend or bank hol and no access to generic,then brand may be used to provide needed medication.
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