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Penny Williams

When Concerta generics were released, I immediately noticed a drastic difference and it was bad. Our prescribing doctor submitted what he needed to to our insurance to say that brand was “medically necessary.” He also wrote that on the prescriptions and we were able to get brand covered for a few years.

The generic with the OROSis now manufactured under Actavis or Janssen. There are new generics again, and again, they don’t have this time-release mechanism that makes Concerta what it is. Many pharmacies are filling the new generics, but I found that Walgreens was still using Actavis for generic prescriptions. Call the pharmacies ahead of time until you find one that carries or will order for you the Actavis generic.

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