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Generic Prescription Drugs Show Increasingly Greater Use in Southeastern Pennsylvania
Date:12/12/2007

id Paul Urick, R Ph., vice president of FutureScripts(R), IBC's pharmacy benefit manager. "A doctor's medical guidance is the best source of information in this case." To help save money without sacrificing quality, Urick suggests consumers ask their doctors the following questions:

- If this drug is not yet made in generic form, is there a suitable

generic alternative that might work just as well in treating my

condition?

- Do you know when my drug will become available in generic form?

- Can I switch all my prescriptions to generic?

Urick says he expects to see continued increases in generic drug utilization over time, as more brand name drugs become available in generic form, more consumers ask for generics first, and more physicians help their patients save money by prescribing generic.

Independence Blue Cross is a leading health insurer in southeastern Pennsylvania. Nationwide, Independence Blue Cross and its affiliates provide coverage to nearly 3.4 million people. For nearly 70 years, Independence Blue Cross has offered high-quality health care coverage tailored to meet the changing needs of members, employers, and health care professionals.

In 2006, Independence Blue Cross was nationally recognized by the Disease Management Association of America for Connections(TM), its outstanding program that improves the health and well-being of people with chronic illnesses. Independence Blue Cross's HMO and PPO health care plans have consistently received the highest ratings from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

FutureScripts(R) is a pharmacy benefits management company headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa., that helps employers and health plans manage rising prescription drug costs without sacrificing quality coverage. FutureScripts handles more than 15 million drug claims annually through its national pharmacy network.


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