Choosing Between Generic And Brand Name Drugs

November 30, 2015

Understanding more about generic and brand name drugs could be good for your wallet and your health.

First, what’s the difference, anyway? Branded medicines result from years of research and major financial investments by pharmaceutical and biotech companies. These medicines are protected by patents. Generic drugs are copies of branded medicines, allowed after patents expire. Before a patent expires, no generic may be available.

Generics can be a smart option for many people, and the drugs may save them and the health care system money. However, some brand and generic medicines may have subtle differences, such as differences in the formulation or the amount of drug that enters the body.

Formulation Differences May Be Important

According to a recent survey sponsored by PriCara, a division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., among the 47 percent of pharmacists who recommended a brand name medication over its generic equivalent, 54 percent cited a formulation issue that could be important to a specific patient.

For instance:

– Branded medicines may have different formulations–such as being long-acting–that generic versions do not offer.

– For some critical dose drugs (such as some thyroid replacement drugs, anticoagulants, and anticonvulsants), a small change in the amount of drug that gets into the body–which can occur with generic drugs–can have significant health consequences.

“It’s very important that consumers talk to their pharmacists about health issues-particularly their medications,” explains Dr. Harold Silverman, consultant to PriCara, pharmacist and author of “The Pill Book.” “Doing so can clear up a number of misconceptions that could affect your health.”

Try these tips for talking to your pharmacist:

1. Ask for the name of the medicine you are prescribed and what it does.

2. Know how much medicine you should take, how often you should take it and for how long.

3. If a generic version of your medication is offered, ask if it might be different from the brand medicine and if it’s right for you.

4. Know what results you should expect.

5. Ask about side effects and, if the medicine does not work, how long you should wait until talking to your doctor about it.

6. Ask whether there is concern about taking the medicine with other medicines you are taking, even over-the-counter medicines or herbal and dietary supplements.

Learning More

You can find more information on medications at the Merck Manual online library at http://www.merck.com, in the Orange Book section of the FDA’s Web site at http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/, and in “The Pill Book.”

It’s important to understand your options with generic and brand name drugs.

What Is A Credit Card Merchant Account?

November 30, 2015

Entering the domain of online business can be quite a tough task as well as a huge business leap. This fact is true especially for those who aren’t well versed with the concepts of the online web world. The world of Internet is vast and one can get easily lost, if not acquainted with the right way.
People, entering the online business domain, have tried and tested different methods for booming the progress of their online business and to make maximum money out of them. Though, initially it might prove extremely difficult, but if the correct tools are selected and put in the right place, you might just end up becoming an online mogul. Now, that is something every online merchant is looking for these days!
One of the things which need to be understood well while carrying out online business activities is having an efficient credit card merchant account. Though, it might seem a mouthful at the first instance, understanding a credit card merchant account is quite easy. There are a large number of financial institutions which offer the credit card merchant account services, thereby reducing a lot of burden at your end. This might save a lot of your crucial time, which you can spend in other productive business activities.
A merchant account basically enables your business to accept the payments made by your customers through plastic cash. Such an account is viable for both; the online businesses as well as other businesses, which deem to accept CC payments. These account services, by allowing a business to accept the CC payment, increases both the profit margins as well as the customer base of the business significantly.
In today’s global world, where most of the customers prefer to make payments through credit cards only rather than resorting to cash payments, owning a merchant account has emerged as an absolute business necessity. Not only does it renders the shopping experience more convenience for the customers, but also boosts their spending power, which is directly linked to the revenue generation of the business unit.
When finalizing on the credit card merchant account services provider for your business, make sure you carry out proper research. Though, the process might be tedious but it is extremely important for the safety as well as the success of your business.
Every service provider comes with its own distinctive terms and services, and thus it becomes important to judge who is most suitable for your business. Once you have your account approved, you can instantly start accepting credit card payments, and the amount of which will be credited into your merchant account directly.