Hi folks, this is a quick post on the continuing saga of Concerta’s new generics. Our mail-order pharmacy says that the customer can specify which generic should be used but only if the prescribing physician writes it on the script. For example: “OROS generic only.” (The company marketing the brand-generic, Watson, has a new name: Actavis. So best not to specify by Watson or Actavis during their transition; instead, use the name for the technology that makes Concerta Concerta: OROS.)
The same might be true for walk-in pharmacies. I don’t know, because dealing with this every month is a headache I don’t want. Filling it four times a year can be hassle enough, now that these generics have been unleashed.
Please don’t let any pharmacist convince you that the Mallinckrodt and Kudco/Kremers-Urban generics of Concerta are the exact same as brand. They are not. For background on this topic, read my previous blog post.
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