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Using Generics

On your prescription discount card program, you will pay less for generic medicines than for equivalent brand name medicines. You can count on generics because:

They’re safe and effective. Like all brand name medicines, generic medicines must be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as safe and effective before they can be sold. In fact, manufacturers must prove to the FDA that generic medicines work just like their brand name equivalents.

They’re a better value. Generic medicines usually cost much less than brand name medicines. They cost less because their manufacturers do little advertising, and did not have to invest in the original research, development, and testing of the drug.

A generic medicine may be a different color or shape, but is the same as the brand name medicine in:

• Strength (number of milligrams, etc.)

• Dosage form (pill, liquid, cream, etc.)

• Quality

• Active ingredient

• Effectiveness (how it works in the body).

See what the FDA has to say about generics.

What you can do to save by using generic medicines

    1. Always ask your doctor if a generic is available for the medicine you are being prescribed.

    2. Ask your doctor to allow generic substitution on all your prescriptions.

    3. Ask your pharmacist to fill your prescription with a generic equivalent, if available.

    4. Order your prescriptions through the Caremark Mail Service Pharmacies. Your prescription benefit allows Caremark to fill your prescription with a generic equivalent for your prescribed medicine if your doctor permits.



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