It happens more often than you think. Your doctor writes a prescription for a brand name medication, but when you take it to the pharmacy, you’re sometimes given another pill with a different name in an effort to save you money. But what if you want to stay on your brand name medication? Is it really going to cost you more? Many Canadians have benefited from a program allowing them to choose to remain on their brand name medicines at generic prices.
Last year, Canadians who used RxHelp Patient Choice cards to purchase their brand name medicines saved $50 million. More than 1.2 million prescriptions were filled using these cards – a new tool that allows you to choose to remain on your brand name medicines while paying lower generic prices.
These cards are available for Canadians who require medicine for chronic conditions, such as high cholesterol, arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, Parkinson’s disease, asthma and migraines, as well as, for anyone who requires monthly medicine for family planning.
“Consistency in medication is very important to achieving results,” says Dr. Anu Poldes, a family physician in Toronto. “Active ingredients, dyes and other inert materials can vary slightly from one manufacturer to another and some patients are sensitive to such variations. Staying on the same brand removes this risk.”
All you need to do is take a valid prescription from your doctor, present it to your pharmacist along with a RxHelp Patient Choice card and ask for your brand name medicine to be dispensed. Cards can be used at any Canadian pharmacy and can be downloaded to a smart phone, or printed as a PDF from http://www.RxHelp.ca. They can also be ordered by calling 1-866-RxHelp4 (1-866-794-3574). Cards are free of charge; there are no hidden fees, no monthly charges and patient privacy is protected.