Medication Choices

Most generic drugs are bio-equivalent to brand-name drugs.

By prescribing appropriate generic drugs, you reduce out-of-pocket expenses for your patients without sacrificing quality. Your patients are more likely to comply with recommended treatments when affordable.


Brand vs. Generic Costs Commonly prescribed medication chart

This list represents the most frequently prescribed brand name prescription drugs with a generic equivalent and their average costs in 2017.

Brand NameGeneric NameAverage Daily Cost* of BrandAverage Daily Cost* of GenericMonthly Saving if use Generic
Benicar® olmesartan medoxomil $7.43 $5.03 $71.98
Benicar HCT® olmesartan medoxomil-hydrochlorothiazide $7.82 $5.34 $74.41
Copaxone® glatiramer acetate $233.29 $178.36 $1,647.86
Crestor® rosuvastatin calcium $7.49 $1.17 $189.63
Focalin XR® dexmethylphenidate hcl $13.13 $6.17 $208.73
Gleevec® imatinib mesylate $325.32 $274 $1,539.51
Glumetza® metformin hcl $153.40 $0.04 $4,600.90
Keppra® levetiracetam $29.86 $0.47 $881.70
Lamictal® lamotrigine $31.62 $0.14 $944.45
Lamictal XR® lamotrigine $53.98 $13.65 $1,209.91
Lexapro® escitalopram oxalate $11.42 $0.15 $338.19
Myfortic® mycophenolate sodium $29.50 $22.32 $215.40
Oracea® doxycycline (rosacea) $20.80 $17.58 $96.70
Percocet® oxycodone w/ acetaminophen $76.79 $1.41 $2,261.43
Pristiq® desvenlafaxine succinate $11.63 $4.96 $200.14
Prograf® tacrolimus $18.91 $5.74 $394.99
Seroquel XR® quetiapine fumarate $22.60 $17.52 $152.38
Synthroid® levothyroxine sodium $1.07 $0.37 $21.03
Wellbutrin XL® bupropion hcl $51.96 $0.79 $1,535.21
Zetia® ezetimibe $9.78 $7.79 $59.67