You’re involved in your patient’s physical well-being. But, your decisions also affect your patient’s financial health.
In support of this, Hopkins providers and leaders encourage the prescribing of therapeutic equivalents: options that are chemically different but have the same effect as brand-name drugs.
Therapeutic equivalents are often generic medications, which are typically available at the lowest cost to patients. Brand-name therapeutic equivalents may also be available at lower cost, by selecting a preferred brand [tier 2] from the patient’s formulary.
In addition to the immediate savings through lower co-pays, patients benefit in the long-term through lower premiums. Studies also show that patients prescribed generic medications to treat chronic conditions are 62% more likely to be adherent to treatment than those prescribed highest-tier brands.*
Hopkins providers and leaders encourage the prescribing of therapeutic equivalents: options that are chemically different but have the same effect as brand-name drugs. Therapeutic equivalent oral contraceptives are generic versions of brand-name oral contraceptives.
Generic oral contraceptives offer substantial savings for EHP patients, since most EHP employers offer coverage of generic oral contraceptives at no cost ($0 copay). Members should refer to their schedule of benefits to determine if their benefit includes $0 oral contraceptives. Below is a list of commonly prescribed oral contraceptive brands and alternatives to these to consider.
|Commonly-Prescribed Brands||Alternative(s) to Consider|
|Monophasic Oral Contraceptives with norethindrone|
|Loestrin 24 Fe||Junel 1/20, Microgestin 1/20 (generics for Loestrin)|
|LoLoestrin Fe||Junel FE 1/20, Microgestin FE 1/20 (generics for Loestrin Fe)|
|Generess FE Chew|
|Monophasic Oral Contraceptives with drospirenone|
|Beyaz||Ocella, Zarah (generics for Yasmin)|
|Safyral||Gianvi, Loryna (generics for Yaz)|
|Triphasic Oral Contraceptives|
|Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo||Tri-Sprintec, Trinessa (generics for Ortho Tri-Cyclen)|
Read more about the cost savings to Hopkins in our latest Across the Board Newsletter.
Please do your part and Prescribe Thoughtfully. Call the Johns Hopkins HealthCare Pharmacy Department at 1-888-819-1043 with any questions.
*Shrank et al. Arch Intern Med 2006; 166: 332-7.