22. December 2009 20:26
Here is an interesting tool that anyone in the southeast, or around the county, could use to help stop drug switching, which happens at the pharmacy by (my gues is, although not stated in the article) your health plan or pharmacy benefit manager (PBM).
That's not to say that switching to a drug that's less expensive but works just as well isn't a good idea. Our company provides a service (EquivaMeds) that does just that. The main difference is that you the consumer is in control of making the switch, not your PBM or insurance provider. EquivaMeds helps you become a better consumer by showing you the options and then (and this is important) helping you talk with your doctor to see if they believe a switch is right for you.
You see, doctors know about all these drug options, but they certainly don't know about what you pay, so EquivaMeds helps you through that process in less than 5 minutes.
Okay, enough of the self-promoting, but if you want to try EquivaMeds for free, drop us a note and we'll get you a free account. Also, you can do the EquivaMeds process yourself through research of drug options, pricing and then documenting to provide to your doctor.