Your pharmacy says they "don't have Tirosint®/Tirosint®-SOL in stock,” and they try to substitute generic or brand-name levothyroxine tablets.
WHAT COULD BE GOING ON?
Levothyroxine tablets are not AB rated as equivalent to Tirosint® or Tirosint®-SOL, so technically, your pharmacist can't make that substitution without a new prescription from the doctor. They may try anyway, however, because some pharmacies get profitable rebates from other brand-name levothyroxine drugs.
You can raise the issue of the AB equivalence with your pharmacy, and insist that they order the medication and fill the prescription as written.
An alternative is to fill your prescription via mail order with the Tirosint® Direct program. Under the program, you can order a one- or three-month supply of Tirosint® capsules or Tirosint®-SOL® oral solution from one of a network of designated mail order pharmacies.
The designated pharmacies have specifically trained their staff on how to get you the lowest possible price. They evaluate your insurance, determine the copay, apply the Tirosint® copay savings card, and in most cases, if you’re insured, you’ll usually pay no more than $25 a month for Tirosint® purchased through the program.
If you don't have insurance, or the copay is still high even with discounts – or, less commonly, your insurance doesn’t cover Tirosint® -- you will have the option to pay the program’s cash price of $50 per month, or $120 for a three-month supply ($40 per month.)
For information on how to participate in Tirosint® Direct, go to: https://Tirosint.com/patient-savings-resources/Tirosint-direct-program
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