Throughout the plan year, the Benefits and Wellness Office, CMU's Health Care Committee, and CVS Caremark, our prescription drug vendor for CMU staff and Fixed-Term faculty, will combine efforts to provide information about generic prescriptions as an alternative to brand-name drugs. Generic drugs can cost as much as 70% less than brand-name drugs while having the same high quality and effectiveness. Generic drugs are now available to treat many common medical conditions. For example, two widely used anti-depressants, Prozac® and Paxil®, are now available in generic form. A number of generics are available to treat high blood pressure, heartburn and other common conditions. Plus, more generic drugs become available each year.
Want to Learn More Now?
- Read about the FDA's New Initiative to Improve Availablity of Generics.
- Go to the Drug Database on the CVS Caremark website for online information and tools about generics, drug interactions, side effects, and other treatment options.
- Visit the CVS Caremark Health Resources Quality Generics for information on why generics are safe, effective and a better value.
- If you're a CVS Caremark member, you can get more from your prescription drug benefit at https://www.caremark.com/wps/portal. Register today to compare drug prices (generic vs. brand), learn about home delivery, find a pharmacy near you and more.