Ask the Pharmacist
What is the difference between a brand and a generic medication?
When a new product is introduced to the market, the manufacturer assigns it a brand or trade name, different from its “chemical” name. Once the patent rights to the product expire [patent life varies depending on the time interval from initial discovery to approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)], other companies are free to manufacture generic versions of the product provided they meet all the requirements the FDA requires of the brand name drug. Generic drugs are regulated by the FDA just like the brand name drug and must meet the same stringent standards to ensure safety and efficacy for their intended uses. Most states require generic substitution by law, unless otherwise specified by the patient or physician. Please consult with your local King’s Pharmacist concerning the substitution laws in your state.
I am feeling better now; can I stop taking my antibiotic?
Continue to take your antibiotic until the entire prescribed amount is finished even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow, which may result in a relapse of the infection.
Can I get my diabetes supplies filled under my Medicare card?
Medicare Part B will cover 80% of the cost of diabetes supplies (blood glucose monitors, test strips, lancing devices, lancets, control solution, and replacement batteries) for patients with diabetes once you have met your deductible. Simply take your Medicare card and a prescription from your physician to your nearest King’s Pharmacy and our pharmacists will process the necessary paperwork.
How do I transfer my prescription to King’s Pharmacy?
Contact the King’s Pharmacy location where you would like to have the prescription transferred. The pharmacist will collect the necessary information and complete the prescription transfer. (Please note: transfer laws vary from state to state, therefore some prescriptions may not be transferable. Check with the local store for specific transfer laws.)
Can you tell me if my prescription is ready for pick-up?
You will need to contact your local King’s Pharmacy to see if your prescription is ready.