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To my fellow health care cost geek. :-) King Vultan

Posted by Snoozin on July 20, 2004, at 8:45:08

In reply to Re: Wellbutrin SR recently gone Generic?, posted by King Vultan on July 19, 2004, at 17:07:22

> As drug costing is a particular interest of mine, I wonder why your copayment for the generic would be higher than the brand name. How does your copayment scheme work, and were the drugs purchased under the same conditions, such as at the same pharmacy or both through mail order?
>
> Todd

<<Hiya. Since health care financing is my professional area, I actually called my benefits plan to see what the deal was. Turns out my brand named WB SR was on my pharmacy benefit manager's (PBM's) preferred list and therefore got the lower copayment. They have not review their formulary yet (I think it's reviewed every 6 months) and the generic is not on the preferred list -- hence the regular, and more expensive copay. More likely than not, they will add the generic to the preferred list and boot the brand named drug off the preferred list, since my particular PBM is not affiliated in any way with Glaxo Smith Kline.

Hope that answers your question, and thanks so much for the drug info.

Susan


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