"My recent hospitalization and my experience with a pharmacist."
About: Western Hospital Western Hospital Footscray 3011
Posted by Matron (as ),
I recently had major surgery in a private hospital. The hospital has a private pharmacy attached to the hospital. This pharmacy provides the discharge medications. On the morning of my discharge the pharmacist visited my room and explained I would be discharged on an antibiotic. He had the prescription in his hand. I looked at the price. It was about $19. I thought that sounded expensive so I questioned it. He agreed that the medication was labelled as a non generic medication when in fact it was a generic brand I declined the medication and asked my doctor for a script so I could get it filled on the way home. I paid $7 for a generic medication. The difference was $12. I have no problem paying for convenience or clinical education but think this is over the top.
I have checked and it is not legal to charge for a main brand and supply a generic.