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Prescription Switching

December 1st, 2008 by Mike Vasilinda

The Consumer Federation of the Southeast today warned patients of what they are calling a dangerous practice.

Some HMOs are switching patients from brand name or generic drugs to compounds that are similar but not exact duplicates. The practice occurs most often in drugs to treat mental illness. Walter Dartland of the Federation says the best remedy for a consumers is to call their doctor. Ask Questions says Dartland. If anyone asks to switch you medication, ask a lot of questions. Ask why, especially if the current prescription seems to be doing its job.

Patients can also file a formal protest about the switch to their insurer.

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