Cold and flu season is upon us. Americans spend $400 million on prescription drugs to relieve the symptoms, according to one study, and some of them spend too much. DailyFinance's Laura Rowley looks at what not to do when filling a prescription.

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November 03 2011 at 10:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am reading so many posts and I don't know if they will read mine or not. But for one thing, you do realize that a generic is made once the patent on the brand is expired? A generic is usually made by the same exact manufacturer that the brand was made. A generic medication has to have the exact same chemical make up as the brand. If a medication is not working for you be it generic or brand, then you need to try something else as it may work for someone else and not yourself.
For another, if a pharmacy does not have a generic in stock whether it is due to manufacturing issues or it is out of stock, they are able to use input codes while submitting a prescription online to the insurance company. It is really simple to do but not all pharmacies will be so courteous.
Basically the service you get in a pharmacy really depends on who your pharmacist and pharmacy techs will be. While I worked in this profession for many years we made sure that we knew the regular cost of all our medications to make sure the patients were getting it at the right cost. If an insurance company has a straight $15 copay and a medication only costs $5 regular price then it isn't worth submitting. Most pharmacies will price match and it is worth it to stick to one pharmacy if you find one that does price match to save time, money, etc. And most people don't understand that the only prescriptions they will see in their computer systems are the ones you have only had filled at that particular pharmacy. It will not show every single medication you have ever taken and had filled at 5 other pharmacies. It is up to you to tell the pharmacist what type of medications you are taking in order to know about drug interactions.
Someone else mentioned something about how to get a doctor discharged or disbarred due to over prescribing of narcotics and other pain killers. Sadly there isn't much to be done about that. I have known many doctors such as this who will prescribe or even try to add refills to narcotic medications. Sorry but legally a narcotic prescription can only be for up to a 30 days supply with no refills no matter what the doctor writes down on that little piece of paper. And of course the patient will argue because that is what the doctor wrote. So your best bet is to simply find a new doctor who can help you with your pain and not cover it up with a bunch of addicting pain killers and muscle relaxers.

October 28 2011 at 7:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

how do you get a dr discharged or disbarred ? I know a doctor that will give you any thing you want ---if its a drug that is a like dauladid (sp ) or any drug like that --he charges you 30.00 to get the scrip and then he himself just went thru drug rehab. about 3/4 of his patients are so dependent on him for drugs that they will do anything. My daughter is one of those ppl --- like buying drugs off of the st - she is afraid to stop for fear she will die !!!! whats with that and the pharmacies keep filling the scripts for his patients. tell me theere isnt big money in this ! she at the point shes stealing drugs from the family to keep her habit going --- how do you stop this ??? I went to the same dr because I fell down a flight of stairs and he started the exam and then told me --- I dont have time for this and walked out of the room ------ plz any ideas ???

October 28 2011 at 3:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Another hint: Prices vary from pharmacy to pharmacy even within their own group. Some drugs are sold in some locations on a larger scale than at others loations which brings the cost down of those particular drugs which may cost more at other locations. Worth checking.

October 28 2011 at 12:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Treating your health care like a commodity is exactly what big-box chains want to see from consumers. But health care is not given by clerks and shelve stockers, it's give by professionals. generics are a good alternative to paying high prices for brand name drugs. Drug shopping for best price is silly. have all your prescriptions filled in one location to avoid interactions that are not caught when patients bounce from one pharmacy to another just searching for best price. You want to know your doctor, your dentist, your gynecologist, ..... so you better know your pharmacist.... .. he or she is always attentive to your needs and your circumstances.

October 28 2011 at 12:17 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

MANY GENERICS are a Fraud. They just do NOT work. Some do, but many do not. there is a REASON they are priced at only 25% of the BRAND NAME> Further, MANY frugs are just OUT OF STOCK in generic form because no one can AFFORD the Brand. Example--i have been waiting over mos. for Skelaxin a NON NARCOTIC muscle relaxant for TMJ/ jaw and back pain. The generic is impossible to get and the BRAND is not covered by insurance. this is not uncommon on many drugs. Some drugs do not even have a GENERIC. Also "phatmacy shopping" for prices on EACH drug? is this person who wrote the article serious?> That si a terrible idea. Drug interactions that YOu ro your pharmacist may be unaware of by filling different prescriptions at different pharmacies. Just fine ONE pharmacy that generally charges a price you think is FAIR.

October 28 2011 at 12:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

...Did she seriously just advocate pharmacy shopping and resulting poly-pharmacy? Because if you have five different prescriptions at five different pharmacies, and you don't make sure to tell the pharmacists at each place all of the other prescriptions - and over the counter medications, and herbal products! - that you are taking, a serious and even potentially life-threatening interaction can be missed. I'm not even going to go into anything else here.

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