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Frequently Asked Questions by Consumers on Generic Prescriptions/Brand Name vs. Generic:

Q: Can I get a generic version of my brand name prescription?

A: North Carolina law provides that pharmacists can use a generic version of any drug on a prescription if the physician has not precluded that action by indicating "Dispense As Written" on that document. If you want a generic drug used on your prescription be sure that your pharmacist knows of your desires. There are some drugs which have a history of patient problems when therapy is changed from brand name to generic drugs. Your pharmacist and physician are in the best position to advise you on this important subject.

Q: My prescription label lists the generic name when the brand name product is in the container. What's going on here?

A: A rule adopted by the Board of Pharmacy effective in January 2006 requires generic labeling on prescriptions even when the brand name is in the container. It also applies even when a generic is not available to be dispensed. The reason for this rule is that generic names are used exclusively on products in hospitals and patients who arrive at emergency departments with their medication should have the generic name on the label. This will help hospital personnel to better understand a patient's situation.


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