Are generic prescription drugs as effective as brand-name prescription drugs?

YES! Generic prescription drugs are as effective as brand name prescription drugs. The main differences between generic drugs and brand name drugs tend to be price and name, with generic pharmaceuticals almost always being cheaper.

What are generic drugs?

After a pharmaceutical company discovers a new drug they give it a chemical or generic name that reflects its chemical construction. The company who discovered the drug will have exclusive patented rights to sell that drug, for up to 20 years or more and generally will sell it under an invented brand name for marketing purposes. After the patent expires or is invalidated other generic drug companies can then produce the chemical drug at a much lower price because of greatly reduced research and development expense, and competition from many other generic drug companies.

Can I order a generic prescription drug if my doctor has written my prescription using the brand name?

Yes, you may order a generic equivalent of your drug as long as your doctor has not specifically said you must get brand name only. The format that doctors write prescriptions in varies but generally as long as your doctor has not written “No Sub” or checked a pre-printed box on the prescription pad saying “Substitution not allowed” you may get the generic. The way doctors write prescriptions vary greatly so if you have questions about how your prescription was written; just call us and ask.

What if I don’t want generic prescription drugs, can I opt to have only brand-name prescription drugs?

Yes. Just let us know whether or not generic prescription pharmaceuticals are acceptable