Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are generic medications as safe and effective as the brand name medication?
Generic drugs are identical - or bioequivalent - to brand-name drugs in dosage form, safety, strength, route of administration, quality, performance characteristics and intended use. They are typically sold at a price lower than their branded counterpart.
Q: Can I get my prescriptions filled at the hospital pharmacy?
No. Under most circumstances medications dispensed from the hospital pharmacy are for patients in a bed at the hospital. Under rare circumstances the pharmacy may be able to fill an outpatient prescription. You should attempt to have your prescriptions filled at one of the two Trinity-affiliated pharmacies or another retail pharmacy.
Q: Can I use my own supply of medications while in the hospital?
No. It is hospital policy to use medications dispensed by the hospital pharmacy. For your overall wellbeing this ensures medication integrity and safety. In very rare circumstances the use of one or more of your medications may be required but this will need to be determined between your doctor and the pharmacy.
Q: Does the hospital pharmacy have a formulary like some insurance providers?
Yes. It is impossible for the hospital to stock every approved medication. Therefore, Trinity’s medical staff and pharmacy department determine what medications will be routinely stocked and dispensed. However, since each patient’s care is unique and individualized provisions exist that allow for the acquisition of medications that are not routinely stocked in order to provide the best care for you.
Q: Does the hospital pharmacy substitute or convert some medications I take?
Yes. As with maintaining a formulary it is virtually impossible to stock all medications. Because some medications are considered approximately equivalent, substitutions for some of your medications at home may occur while you are in the hospital. It does not mean you will have to stay on these medications. It is important to ask which medications may have been changed when you are discharged.
Q: If medications are changed, will I be put back on the ones I take at home?
It is ultimately up to your doctor and the healthcare team to determine what medications you will be on at discharge. Generally you will be continued on the same medications that you were taking at home. However, since your condition might change it is important for you to inquire about medication changes every time you are in the hospital.
Q: Is a pharmacist available to speak with me about my medications?
Yes. Pharmacists are available to discuss your medications with you while you are in the hospital and before you are discharged. They might stop by your room for a visit, or you can request a visit through your doctor or nurse at any time during your stay. We look forward to helping you with your medications.