Baton Rouge doctor: Some pharmacies are putting patients at risk

POSTED: Sunday, April 4, 2010 - 8:36pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:00pm

Generic perscription drugs can often save you money over brand name ones, but one doctor says, the cheaper version could affect your health.

By law, generic drugs can have 80% to 120% of the active ingredient found in the brand name drug.

That means not every generic drug has the same formula.

Pediatric Neurologist Dr. Charlotte Hollman works with epilepsy patients in Baton Rouge.

She says, all too often, pharmacies are giving her patients generics without them knowing.

She says it's a cost saving move within the industry.

Hollman plans to testify in front of the state legislature this week to talk about the effects of prescription switching.

"I want them to know that we need to be careful, and we need to make sure that we're doing what the patient needs," said Hollman.

"I as a physician want to be the one to decide if they need to stay on the brand name or if we can try generic."

State Senator Edwin Murray is holding a hearing at the legislature to learn more about this issue and decide whether to file legislation to protect a patient's best interests.

He would have the flexibility to decide if that meant stiffer guidelines or potential penalties.