To follow-up yesterday’s blog on how brand name drugs can be cheaper than generics in the “donut hole,” we thought we should talk a little bit about what to do if you are having trouble taking advantage of the Medicare Part D brand name prescription drug discount.
Many pharmacies will automatically give you the generic version of a drug, even if the prescription your doctor gives you is for the brand name drug and the brand name drug is cheaper. Because generic prescription drugs are usually cheaper than brand names, many pharmacies will default to substituting the generic drug in all cases.
Of course, that’s no good if you’re in the Medicare Part D “donut hole” and the brand name drugs actually are chaper than the generics. If you are having trouble getting your pharmacy dispense you the brand name drug, ask your doctor to write “Dispense as Written” on the prescription. If a pharmacy is instructed to dispense a prescription as written, they should give you your brand name without a problem.
Are you in the Medicare Part D “donut hole”? Tell us about it!
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