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Hi folks, this is a quick post on the continuing saga of Concerta’s new generics.
Two big mail-order pharmacies I spoke with 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. During the transition, t’s best not to specify by Watson or Actavis. Instead, use the name for the technology that makes Concerta Concerta: OROS.)
This might also applyfor walk-in pharmacies. I wouldn’t know, because dealing with stimulant refills every month is a headache I don’t want (I take care of this for my husband). Filling it four times a year can be hassle enough, now that these generics have been unleashed. But it is a lot easier overall! Check out my post Tip: Home Delivery of Stimulant Medications.
Please don’t let any pharmacist convince you that the Mallinckrodt and Kudco/Kremers-Urban generics of Concerta are the same as brand. They are not.
For background on this topic, read An Update on Generic Concerta.
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