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Tri-Previfem Bcp

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Thought I'd post this in case anyone else did a search for the gluten-free status of Tri-previfem birth control pill. I searched here but didn't find anything.


So, my pharmacist called the manufacturer today (9/17/13) to inquire about the pregelatinized starch ingredient and the company couldn't say whether it was gluten-free or not. 


The long story of it is that my doc RX'd tri-sprintec which does appear on the gluten-free drug list online and that my pharmacy confirmed is gluten-free. However, the pharm is instructed to fill that RX with tri-previfem (another generic) unless the doc specifically requests tri-sprintec only. So, I pick up my RX yesterday (it's a new RX) and didn't bother to look at it until I got home because, you know, I figured if the RX was for tri-sprintec that's what I'd get. So, when I finally take it out of the bag and see the label is a different name I immediately called the pharmacy. They said they'll call the manufacturer for me this morning which I'm happy they followed through on. So, since the tri-previfem is an unknown the pharmacy has agreed to swap it with the tri-sprintec and mark my file to indicate they can't substitute another generic.


So, lesson learned. Check and double check those meds and don't assume just because you are RX'd one thing that the pharmacy won't substitute for some other generic based on what their corporate asks them to do to save money.


BTW, these are all generics for Ortho-Tri-Cyclen.


ETA: here's a link to the drug list: http://www.glutenfreedrugs.com/list.htm

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