There are a number of good, money-saving prescription drug card programs out there, which eDrugSearch.com will tell you about in our upcoming e-book. But there are also some scams out there — which ABC investigated in this report. An excerpt:
More than 45 million Americans do not have prescription drug insurance. And some have turned to online prescription drug service companies that offer help getting prescription drugs inexpensively in exchange for a fee. Online companies promoting cheap prescription drugs may be misleading…
Without insurance, Andrea [Melnick] was left to try and get pricey epilepsy medications, which cost up to $800 a month, on her own. Andrea looked for help online and found a company called Select Care Benefits Network.
“It sounded perfect,” she said. “It says on their Web site you can get your drugs cheaper.” She said the company offered to get all her drugs for just $30 a month. Andrea paid the company a total of $365, but over the next 10 months, she received only one voucher for a two-month supply of one of her drugs…
According to the Better Business Bureau, when she complained, Andrea became only one of 111 people who filed complaints against the company. Brandon Todd, president of Select Care Benefits Network, told “Good Morning America” that he was “aware” of the complaints, but claimed the company completed its services.
The ABC report advised consumers to try the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA), a program run by Big Pharma that helps people like Andrea, who meet income and other eligibility requirements. Andrea could have simply gone here to get started.
Unfortunately, as eDrugSearch.com members well know, most Americans without prescription drug insurance do not meet the requirements for PPA assistance.38