Monday, April 11, 2011

Doctor’s orders may not be followed at pharmacy or by health insurer | boxcuttersinc

While it’d be nice to think that drug switching has stopped since the airing of this investigation November 2009, more than 80% of you readers say it is happening today and almost the same percentage of doctors and patient advocates concur.

The National Consumers League conducted a survey and found two out of three people who had their prescriptions switched never were told.  The NCL is not describing switches to a generic equivalent, but rather a switch to another drug within the same class of drugs, and provides some examples (I paraphrase and of course this is not medical advice):

  • Cholesterol: Prescription for Lipitor, but patient given Simvastatin (generic equivalent of Zocor, another statin). Both drugs are treating cholesterol but in different ways: Lipitor is better at lowering LDL and triglycerides, but simvastatin is better at raising HDL cholesterol.

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