When filling prescriptions for your patients, the goal is to provide them with the best option available. Whether it be more affordable, have a better side effect profile, or less drug interactions, every factor is important to consider when determining a possible alternative medication. Below are some tips on how to determine the right choice for your patient:
- Ask your patient what matters most to them. While cost tends to be a common factor in this decision, it is not always the patient’s priority. It is always better to ask the patient directly than to assume.
- Ask the patient if they are even interested in alternatives. There might be a better option, but the patient may want to stick with the medications their doctor prescribed.
- Educate patients on their options. With new alternatives on the market, like biosimilars, it is important that you talk to your patients, so they thoroughly understand their options.
- Speak with their prescriber. Although you think that there is a better option for your patient, there might be a reason as to why their physician didn’t prescribe that alternative in the first place.
- Review your state’s regulations. Every state has different regulations and conditions to substitute alternative medications. Be sure to review your state’s laws to ensure you are taking the appropriate actions.