New Webinar for June: The Power of Prevention

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The month of August is just around the corner. It marks the start of National Immunization Month – a yearly reminder of how important it is to get vaccinated. Continue reading

Generic Drugs vs. Brand-Name Drugs

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For many people, choosing a brand-name over a generic drug has little to do with treatment or cost. It’s usually based on several common untruths. Though generic drugs can cost a lot less than brand-name options, there is often concern about quality, safety and effectiveness. Knowing the facts about brand vs. generic medications can help you make informed decisions about your health.

Just the Facts

1. What are generic drugs?
When a brand-name drug’s patent protection expires, generic versions of the drug can be approved for sale. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires generic drugs to be the same as brand-name drugs in:

  • Active ingredients
  • Safety
  • Strength
  • Quality
  • Purity
  • How they work
  • How they are taken
  • How they should be used

2. Are generic drugs as safe as brand-name drugs?
Yes. The FDA states that all drugs must work well and are safe. Generic drugs use the same active ingredients as brand-name drugs and work the same way. They also have the same risks and benefits as brand-name drugs.

3. Why do they look different?
United States trademark laws do not allow generic drugs to look exactly like brand-name drugs. This is why they are different in color, taste and other elements. It does not affect the way the drugs work.

4. Does every brand-name drug have a generic drug?
No. When companies make new drugs they have patents that protect them up to 17 years. Patents forbid anyone else from making and selling the drug. Once a patent expires, other drug companies can then start selling the generic version of the drug. They must test the drug and the FDA must approve it first before it goes to market.

5. Do generic drugs take longer to work?
No. Generic drugs will work in your body the same way and in the same amount of time as brand-name drugs.

6. Why are generic drugs less expensive?
Making drugs costs a lot of money. Since generic drug makers do not make a drug from scratch, the costs to bring it to market are much less. But they must prove their product performs the same way as the brand-name drug. All generic drugs are approved by the FDA.

7. What if the generic does not work?
Generics are approved by the FDA. They have the same active ingredients as the brand. It’s very rare to detect any difference between a brand drug and its generic version.

3 Fast Rx facts

  • 8 in 10 prescriptions filled in the U.S. are for generic drugs.
  • On average, the cost of a generic drug is 80% to 85% lower than the brand-name drug.
  • Generic drugs save consumers an average of $8 to $10 billion a year at retail pharmacies. Even more billions are saved when hospitals use generics.

Source: FDA
www.fda.gov

 

Please consult your Evidence of Coverage booklet for more information on your covered prescription drug benefits.

 

Note: This information is not intended as medical advice. Nor is it a substitute for professional medical care. Always ask your doctor about any concerns you may have regarding your medical condition. Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions.

 

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Health Net members affected by Cranston, Carr and Ferguson Fires in California receiving assistance from Health Net

7-10-2018 10-32-38 AMHealth Net members who have lost their homes, or who have evacuated, due to the Cranston, Carr and Ferguson fires in Riverside, Shasta and Mariposa Counties, are receiving support from the company. Continue reading

You’ll want to join our “New Year, New Challenge” webinar

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Five tips for happier holidays

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With the upcoming year-end holidays, ‘tis the season for stress and angst. Feel free to share this helpful blog with your employees to ensure the holidays are merry and bright.

This year, give yourself the best holiday gift ever: more merry, magical moments and fewer frazzled ones. Here are five ways to make this year’s celebrations high on joy and low on stress—and help you keep the happy in the holidays. Continue reading

Prostate cancer – to monitor or treat?

Doctor and male patientCancer is in the news every day. Here is some information about prostate cancer that your employees may find useful.

 

Every year, more than 160,000 men in the United States are diagnosed with prostate cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer among American men.  Continue reading

Don’t miss our webinar on The Art of Mindfulness Part III

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The Art of Mindfulness Part III: Whole Health Applications is the third and final installment of Health Net’s mindfulness webinar series. This tool builds on our previous two webinars that introduced the basics of mindfulness and the healthy advantages of mindful eating. Continue reading