Generic Prescription Drugs Shawnee KS

Local resource for generic prescription drugs in Shawnee. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to drug coverage, generic medications, generic medicine, generic drug lists, and generic medicine safety information, as well as advice and content on brand name drugs.

Cvs Pharmacy
(913) 962-0352
13438 W 62nd Ter
Shawnee Mission, KS
 
Eckerd's
(913) 541-8261
10500 Lackman Rd
Shawnee Mission, KS
 
Pharmacy Corporation of America
(913) 492-0359
8030 Reeder St
Shawnee Mission, KS
 
Great Plains Compounding Cen
(913) 234-4664
11131 W 79th St
Shawnee Mission, KS
 
Walgreen Drug Stores
(913) 268-4604
11021 Shawnee Mission Pkwy
Shawnee Mission, KS
 
Caremark Therapeutic Services
(913) 599-5166
15480 College Blvd
Shawnee Mission, KS
 
Walgreen Drug Stores
(913) 438-5102
15100 W 87th Street Pkwy
Shawnee Mission, KS
 
Critical Care Systems
(913) 894-0090
8053 Bond St
Shawnee Mission, KS
 
Osco Drug
(913) 248-0437
6510 Nieman Rd
Shawnee Mission, KS
 
Medicine Shoppe The
(913) 268-4747
6232 Nieman Rd
Shawnee Mission, KS
 

Brand name vs. generic drugs

Brand name vs. generic drugs

Brand name vs. generic drugs Dr. Gary Huber : Head Medical Ego
Brand name vs. generic drugs

One of our astute HAE readers recently asked my opinion about brand named vs. generic drugs after a story he had seen in the news. It’s come up before, so I wanted to discuss it with everyone.

Theoretically there shouldn’t be a great difference in brand name vs. generic but in actual practice this can present a problem for many patients. When a generic is made the active chemical or drug compound is the same but how it is bound in a tablet or how it is released from the formulation can make a significant difference in how well it works. It is this difference that accounts for frequent differences in how the generic works compared to the brand name. Not all generics are inferior but how any one individual may react to them is hard to predict in my experience.

In some cases, the generic is just as effective as the original but at a fraction of the price. One good example of this is Flomax. We have all seen the ads on our TV, of the guy who is missing the game or who can’t drive his ball off the tee because he is running to the bathroom all the time. Then we see shots of him and his smiling friends as they happily play together with confidence as there bladder control issues have been magically eliminated with the help of Flomax. Hell, it makes me want to run out and get some Flomax so I can fit into that “fun” picture they present. But there is a reason those ads look so fun. The manufacturer, Boehringer Ingelheim, spent $116 million in advertising to make it look great. You get to share in that expense when you purchase your Flomax for $246 for a one month supply. Now who’s smiling? Studies have shown that the generic, doxazosin, which costs less than $10 works just as well for most men. So in this case, the generics save you and your insurance carrier a lot of money. 

Well now that brings the other billion dollar baby into the picture . . . the insurance companies. Most of us have already come to realize that we mere mortals are but a small bone being chewed on by two very big dogs. The drug companies want to convince you that you need their very expensive drugs and the insurance companies tell you that generics are just fine because they don’t want to pay for the pricey stuff. The real question is who has your best interest at heart? In my mind the only answer is NEITHER.

The drug company that spent $116 million on advertising for Flomax also netted a cool 1.2 billion in sales for that ONE drug in ONE year. The pharmaceutical companies want you to buy there brand name drugs and they charge a huge premium for them. The very name brand drugs that we pay top dollar for in the U.S. are typically sold around the world for much less money. You can buy prescription drugs out of Canada and pay far less for the exact same drug.

Then we have the insurance companies that want to offer you generics because it saves them money. Once the insurance c...

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