When is it not OK to take a generic drug?

March 24, 2015 11:48 AM

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When is it not OK to take a generic drug?

Most doctors will write prescriptions for the generic version of a drug because it is much cheaper for the patient. And even when a brand-name drug is prescribed, some insurers will only cover the cost of the generic unless the prescription indicates the brand name is medically necessary.

The Food and Drug Administration evaluates generic drugs to make sure they are “the exact therapeutic equivalent of the originator brand-name drug,” Dr. Schondelmeyer says.

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