No, I don't think I am taking brand-name Valcyte

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

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.

Ways you can make sure that you are receiving the
brand-name medicine that your doctor has prescribed:

Talk to your doctor

Check your prescription with your doctor. He or she will be able to tell you which medicines you should be taking and whether your prescription has been substituted unknowingly.

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.

Check your medicine before you leave the pharmacy

Check your tablets for the
following characteristics
every time you collect your
prescription or refill to make
sure you have been given Valcyte
as prescribed by your doctor.

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

Not actual size and may not represent exact color.

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.

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