Physician: Why does Medicare Part B require "Dispense As Written" on a prescription for a generic medication?

Why does Medicare (Part B) require "dispense as written" on the prescription for a generic medication?

I sent a patient out with a prescription for a generic medication. The pharmacist sent the patient back to the office to request that I write the words "dispense as written" on the prescription. With this particular medication, it does not matter to me which generic drug manufacturer is used. Therefore, why does Medicare (Part B) require the words "dispense as written" hand written on the prescription?

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