Can I get the name brand medication when a generic is available?

Through scientific testing, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ensures that generic drugs are safe and effective, contain the same active ingredient and work the same way as the brand name. Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program) can pay for a name brand drug if a generic is not available, if your doctor considers the name brand to be medically necessary or if the medication is excluded from the generic mandate (e.g., medications for mental illness, cancer, epilepsy and HIV/AIDS). In cases where your doctor would like you to have the brand name when a generic is available, a prior authorization will need to be completed by your doctor and the prior authorization must be approved by Health First Colorado before you will be allowed to receive the brand name.

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