Getting Brand-name CellCept
The first step toward getting brand-name CellCept is making sure your doctor prescribes it. If you have been prescribed CellCept, ask your doctor to verify that your prescription specifies that a generic should not be substituted.
It’s also important to recognize the differences between brand-name CellCept and the generic versions. That way you can check your medicine at the pharmacy and make sure you get what your doctor prescribed.
Here’s how to identify brand-name CellCept:
- 250 mg, blue-brown, 2-piece, hard gelatin capsules
- Printed in black with “CellCept 250” on the blue cap and “Roche” on the brown body
- 500 mg, lavender-colored, caplet-shaped, film-coated
- Printed in black with “CellCept 500” on one side and “Roche” on the other side
- White to off-white, mixed-fruit-flavor suspension
- Supplied in a 225 mL bottle with a bottle adaptor and 2 oral dispensers
Not actual size and may not represent exact color. CellCept is also available in an intravenous form for use in hospitals.
Make sure you receive brand-name CellCept
It’s important to know that a pharmacist could switch your prescription to a generic. Here are some of the ways you can make sure you are receiving the brand-name medicine you have been prescribed:
- Check your medicine before you leave the pharmacy
- Know your health insurance. Your health insurance company may require a prior authorization for you to receive CellCept when a generic version is available. Check with your transplant team to determine if one is needed for your prescription
- Talk to your pharmacist. If your doctor has indicated on your CellCept prescription that a generic version should not be substituted, let your pharmacist know. Encourage your pharmacist to call your doctor if there are any questions
- Ask your transplant team to confirm if you have been prescribed brand-name CellCept