At the Walmart pharmacy, I have seen a notice that says they will automatically substitute a generic drug for the brand name unless the patient says not to.....
When any pharmacy is filling a brand prescription for a client of the NBPDP, something on their computer already shows the province will be billed, so why not automatically (as with Walmart) process the generic one?
It appears that this may actually be happening after all. When one was available, the generic has always been the one given to us under the NBPDP.
Recently, the province cancelled mine saying that while my wife was still covered I could use the new system instead - despite the fact I can't afford it for reasons stated in another thread.
Our doc recently wrote a prescription for the same drug for both of us. The drug was not covered for me as I was cancelled and for others it was not "approved" by the appropriate authority unless one pays for it oneself. Funny how they disapprove or restrict something unless you're wealthy enough to pay isn't it.
Anyway, it was $80 a month. Too much.
My wife was eventually eligible for "special authority" coverage so we were able to get it for her.
Upon collecting it we noticed the full price was $55 for three months.
Still a NBPDP client, they substituted a generic which is fair enough but availability as a generic wasn't offered to me. Had it been, I would obviously have chosen to pay $55 for three months supply of something instead of not
paying $80 for one month.
So used to the pharmacy giving me generic meds, I just assumed that the $80 quoted was the going rate for the prescribed drug. I feel a bit let down by this.
How often does it happen that someone has chosen to go without a prescription because the cheaper alternative wasn't made known?