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Posted by Derek on February 08, 2000 at 11:02:01:

In Reply to: Re: Perscription drugs posted by mary on February 07, 2000 at 10:29:31:

: : I have a question and statement. I went to get a perscription for Ritalan for the first time here in MA and instead of
: : getting what I wanted I got the genaric brand.When I questioned this the respose was that it is state law to give the
: : genaric brand unless otherwise spesified.I am thinking it just was specified by the fact that the perscription was for Ritalan,
: : that is a brand name not the kind of medicine.Apparently even though the MD put down Ritalan he also has to make a note
: : "no subsitutions allowed" does that make sense?

: Yes that makes sense. Nursing homes here in Wisconsin have to do the same thing if they don't want the pharmacy to send generic. The doctor has to specifically write a do not substitute order. This is to help keep costs down for you and everyone else. If there weren't laws like this many pharmacies might prescribe brand name drugs more often then necessicary just to make more money for certain drug companies etc
I understand that and in that instance I think that you are very right. In the long term it makes little differance to me I can have the doctor write no substitutions, but the problem that I have is that it is state mandated and that when I am in the phamacy I,the customer has the choice taken from me even if I am paying cash and want the brand name. Oh well I seem to have a knack for finding the paradox it is hadly a world crisis, thanks for your respoce

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