Generic versus Name-Brand Medication

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For more than a decade, Ashok Pinnamaraju has been working as a pharmacist. He began his career as an overnight pharmacist at Walgreens and has since served as the owner of Lexcare Pharmacy and Floyd Pharmacy. Currently, Ashok Pinnamaraju leads Williamson Road Pharmacy in Virginia as owner and works with clients to ensure they get the medications they need at an affordable price.

Contrary to popular belief, generic medications are tightly regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Typically, the FDA lets generic medications enter the market after about seven years of a brand-name drug’s exclusivity. For the first six months after generics are allowed, only a single generic manufacturer is allowed to sell the medicine. After that period, any manufacturer can sell a generic medication, but it must prove that it meets certain requirements.

All generic drugs are required by the FDA to have the same active ingredients as name-brand medication. These active ingredients must also be of the same strength as name-brand medications, have the same route of administration, and contain the same dosage. Furthermore, the drug’s concentration in the blood needs to be within 10 percent of the name brand’s concentration. However, most medications only vary by about 3 to 4 percent.

One area that the FDA does not regulate is the inactive medications in the generic medication. Because generic medications may contain an inactive ingredient that can cause an allergic reaction or has a negative interaction with another medication, it is important for the consumer to be aware of these differences. Some inactive ingredients may also slow down how quickly the active ingredients work once in the body, meaning a generic medication may seem to work more slowly than name-brand medication. Still, this difference is usually not very large.


Getting the Best Price for Your Medication


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Williamson Road Pharmacy

The owner of Williamson Road Pharmacy in Roanoke, Virginia, Ashok Pinnamaraju possesses more than a decade of experience as a pharmacist. Over the years, Ashok Pinnamaraju has built a reputation for helping customers get their medications at low prices.

One of the first steps to ensure you’re getting the best price for your medication is to talk to your physician. Provide your physician with a list of medications approved by your insurance company so he or she can choose the least expensive option for your treatment.

Talk to your pharmacist about your medication options as well. Pharmacists are best suited for finding generic medications that can save you money. Further, your pharmacist may be able to offer you lower prices for certain medications.

Drug prices can be up to 10 times higher at some retail pharmacies than at others. For this reason, you should research pharmacy prices in your area.

Compare regular retail pharmacies to independent ones. In many cases, independent pharmacies offer lower prices. Buying medication online may also be an option, but you won’t get the same personal attention online that you would get from a local pharmacy.

The Benefits of Using Blister Packs for Medication

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Williamson Road Pharmacy

The owner of and pharmacist at Williamson Road Pharmacy in Virginia, Ashok Pinnamaraju has been working in the field for over 10 years. He began his career as a pharmacist at Walgreens and later became the owner of Lexcare Pharmacy and Floyd Pharmacy. Through these previous business endeavors, Ashok Pinnamaraju maintained a passion for quality service and packaged medication in blister packs to ensure customers received what they needed.

Blister packaging makes it significantly easier for patients to take their medication as prescribed. When blister packs are created for a patient, their medication is placed into compartments for each day. Patients then open the pack when it’s time to take their medication, thus making it easier to monitor when medication is taken and reducing the rate of double dosing. This is ideal for patients who take at least three medications daily.

In addition to reducing the rate of double dosing or skipped days, blister packs increase safety for patients. When pills are placed into a bottle, they are likely to lose small particles by constantly rubbing together. This lessens each pill’s integrity. Meanwhile, blister packs limit movement and preserve the integrity of the medication they are storing. Further, it is easier to tell when a blister pack has been tampered with, which can protect against accidents.

Finally, blister packs are easier to transport and conceal. In most cases, patients must store bottles of pills in a medicine cabinet or other area. Unfortunately, doing so makes them easier to see and access. With a blister pack, medication can be tucked somewhere safe and discreet. Blister packs also allow for easy transportation due to their perforated edges and smaller size.