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"DAW" Prescription - Dispense as Written

My husband had trouble in the past with one generic drug. Our pharmacy always gave generics when available as the price is so much cheaper. Most insurance companies will not pay for name brand if there is a generic.


Our doctor told him that if a prescription has "DAW" written on it, no substitute can be given. DAW stands for "dispense as written", Just have your doctor add this to your prescription when he writes it.

By Kedked from Bucyrus, Ohio


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April 6, 20100 found this helpful

This is true. However, you'll need to check your insurance. With mine, even if a prescription is written DAW they will not pay for name brand if a generic is available. So, check to make sure you know how much your prescription will cost you. In certain cases, it is well worth the extra money but you don't want any expensive surprises.

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