PLEASE HELP Trouble finding authorized generic of Concerta

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  • #133367

    ddt1981
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    I have made numerous calls to pharmacies with no luck. I am desperately looking for the authorized generic form of Concerta. Right now we are paying for the brand name and our insurance doesn’t cover it. I have asked Walgreens to type in the NDC number, and made numerous calls asking for either Patriot or the Actavis manufacturer and nobody has it. Our pediatrician confirmed that the authorized generic is proven to work as concerta with alot less side effects.
    We have Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, and Hannaford in our area.
    How is best to call and ask for it? By manufacturer, NDC number or????

  • #133370

    quietlylost
    Participant

    I found this: 3 companies who make generic Concerta

    As to getting it covered by the insurance, have you spoken with anyone at the insurance Rx program to see if a certain generic is covered?

    I’d also suggest going in to a pharmacy. Typically pharmacies will not disclose whether or not they have a stimulant over the phone, and rarely in person. If you go into the pharmacy physically and ask to speak to the pharmacist they may be more willing to help.

    • #133382

      ddt1981
      Participant

      what are the 3 companies? I know of 2. Patriot and Actavis. What is the 3rd?

    • #133392

      quietlylost
      Participant

      Actavis (formerly Watson), Kremers (Kudco), and Mallinckrodt

    • #133393

      ddt1981
      Participant

      Kremer and Mallinckrodt are not authorized generics

    • #133403

      quietlylost
      Participant

      The FDA lists them as authorized manufacturers. Unless you mean that the insurance does not authorize them.

      FDA link

  • #133390

    Penny Williams
    Keymaster

    Can the prescribing doctor submit a request for the insurance to cover it? When generic Concerta first hit the market and my son was taking it, none of the generics were the same so the doc wrote “brand medically necessary” on our script and submitted a form to our insurance, and they covered it for us. It was a larger co-pay, but it was manageable, unlike the out of pocket cost.

    Penny
    ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Trainer & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

    • #133395

      ddt1981
      Participant

      Thank you Penny I’ll try that also!

  • #133573

    suesfortoday
    Participant

    Ingles Pharmacy filled mine.

  • #133612

    KillerMidget
    Participant

    I use Neucon. I’m in South Africa, but I’m sure you can get it wherever you are? Maybe?

  • #133990

    Aaron Lewis
    Participant

    Apparently, there are two authorized generics for Concerta. They are Patriot Pharmaceuticals and Camber Pharmaceuticals (100 pills per bottle for Camber). Mine is from Patriot. Concerta and its generic should have the letters azla and the dose of the pill (18 mg, 27 mg, 36 mg, etc). If not, you do not have either Concerta or its generic. I posted a link to an article I found on Wednesday, and my comment is still awaiting moderation.

  • #133743

    Aaron Lewis
    Participant

    The authorized generic comes from Patriot Pharmaceuticals. Here’s a link to an article I found yesterday:

    Authorized Generic Concerta Update: 6/1/19

  • #134161

    Aaron Lewis
    Participant

    Here’s the article from Dr. Dodson on ADHD medications:

    Comparing the Most Popular ADHD Medications

    It clearly states Patriot Pharmaceuticals is the only authorized generic of Concerta.

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