Know your prescription

If you have been prescribed branded Valcyte, sometimes the pharmacy may supply an alternative
product (a generic version) for your brand-name medicine.

A generic medicine can look very similar to the brand-name version. If your doctor does not want your Valcyte
prescription to be substituted with a generic medicine, it is important that you make sure you receive the
brand-name medicine that your doctor has prescribed.

Checking your medicine before you leave the pharmacy allows you to determine
if you have been given brand-name Valcyte as prescribed by your doctor.

Not actual size and may not represent exact color.

  • Pink 450-mg tablets
  • “VGC” printed on one side
  • “450” printed on the other side

Some of the ways you can make sure you are receiving
the brand-name medicine you have been prescribed include:

Check your medicine before you leave the pharmacy
 
Know your state prescription law
Each state has different requirements for how a prescription must be written to avoid generic substitution and ensure that you receive the medicine you have been prescribed.
Know your health insurance
Your health insurance company may require a prior authorization for you to receive Valcyte when a generic version is available. Check with your transplant team to determine if one is needed for you.
Talk to your pharmacist
Let your pharmacist know if your doctor does not want your Valcyte prescription to be substituted with a generic version. Encourage your pharmacist to call your doctor if there are any questions.

If you have trouble getting the brand-name Valcyte you were prescribed,
Genentech offers patient assistance programs and services that can help
eligible patients get Valcyte.

Learn more