Drug Prices

How To Afford EpiPen

27 Aug: EpiPen Epidemic: Here’s How To Afford EpiPens Now That They’re $600

EpiPen—a drug produced by Mylan pharmaceutical has been recently increased by 400% since 2007. With everyone talking about the Epipen price increase, few seem to be addressing a solution to this Epipen epidemic, until now… Here’s How To Afford EpiPens Now That They’re $600 EpiPen Alternatives If you don’t mind using an alternative an easy solution is to find a lower priced alternatives, such as: Adrenaclick – this drug has 0.3 mg per dose for the adults and 0.15 mg per dose for the children, contents that are similar to those of EpiPen. This makes Adrenaclick a perfect alternative. Epinephrine (an authorized generic) – this drug has similar contents to EpiPen and Adrenaclick, including 0.3 mg per dose for adults and 0.15 mg…

eDrugSearch Featured in Woman’s World “Ask America’s Ultimate Experts”

25 May: eDrugSearch Featured in Woman’s World “Ask America’s Ultimate Experts”

[fusion_text] eDrugSearch.com was recently featured in Woman’s World Magazine on page 41 (see article below) in a section entitled “Ask America’s Ultimate Experts – Help me lower my medical costs!” for which I was among 3 experts that helped share tips and advice on to how to lower your medical costs. We are honored to participate and share our tips that we’ve learned over the past 10 years…what an AMAZING journey it has been! Out of all the tips I could ever share, eDrugSearch.com is still the BEST way to reduce your medications costs — even when compared to GoodRx.com or your neighborhood pharmacy discount programs. I know I’m a little biased, so I’ll let you be the judge:[/fusion_text][fusion_text] Drug Name eDrugSearch GoodRx Avg…

New Chart Exposes the Inhumanity of US Drug Prices Compared to Other Countries

24 Feb: New Chart Exposes the Inhumanity of US Drug Prices Compared to Other Countries

[fullwidth background_color=”” background_image=”” background_parallax=”none” parallax_speed=”0.3″ enable_mobile=”no” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” video_url=”” video_aspect_ratio=”16:9″ video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding_top=”20″ padding_bottom=”20″ padding_left=”0″ padding_right=”0″ hundred_percent=”no” equal_height_columns=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” menu_anchor=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_text]High drug prices and prescription drug price gouging has been a hot topic for years, but really took the spotlight last year after millionaire hedge funder Martin Shkreli acquired the rights to the drug Daraprim and raised the price from $13.50 to $750, an overnight increase of over 5500%. Daraprim is used to treat cancer patients and also those who are suffering from HIV and AIDS. That is another great example to show why we created eDrugSearch.com — to level the playing field for patients who need affordable life-saving medications. At eDrugSearch.com…

Big Pharma “Bad Boy” Martin Martin Shkreli

05 Feb: [Video] Pharma “Bad Boy” Martin Shkreli Refused to Testify to Congress

UNBELIEVABLE! Former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli, aka: “Big Pharma Bad Boy”, refused to testify yesterday before the House Oversight Committee hearing on skyrocketing drug price hikes, invoking his Fifth Amendment right . . . over and over again in a snarky manner. Here’s the “highlight” reel: Here’s the “Full” video of all his snarky remarks: If that wasn’t enough, afterwards he tweeted this: Hard to accept that these imbeciles represent the people in our government. — Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) February 4, 2016 What are your thoughts?

12 Ways to Save Money on Your Diabetes Medications

21 Dec: 12 Ways to Save Money on Your Diabetes Medications [Cheat Sheet]

Diabetes is a condition that affects more than 29 million people in the United States or upwards of 10% of the American population. While the number of those with diabetes is on rise, the medical industry continues to bring out fresh medicines such as the new insulin product Toujeo and an empagliflozin/metfomin combination called Synjardy. While these new medications are improving the quality of life for those with diabetes, they are not low-cost! According to research, an American with diabetes can expect to spend twice as much on medical expenses as someone without the disease, or approximately $8,000 a year. In addition to paying for test strips, diabetes medication, and doctor visits, diabetes costs can include money lost due to…

6 Crazy Examples of Prescription Drug Price Gouging

06 Oct: 6 Crazy Examples of Prescription Drug Price Gouging

News has broke about the recent prescription drug price gouging that has been taking place, and its leaving some individuals in serious medical trouble. Without the money to pay for the increases in drug prices, patients often see their medical conditions becoming worse, even to the point of death. Take a look at the examples of some of the most craziest drug price increases for yourself . . . Turing Pharmaceuticals Perhaps one of the most insane prescription price increases was that made by Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO, Martin Shkreli. When he raised the price of a Daraprim pill from $13.50 to $750, (5,000% markup) he became one of the most hated men in the American and a “poster child” for Big Pharma’s insidious greed….

Bernie Sanders - high prescription drug prices

09 Sep: High Drug Prices are the Problem — Is Bernie Sanders the Solution?

Prescription drug prices are already excessively high, and they are continuing to rise at an astronomical rate. The United States has some of the most expensive prescription medications in the world, and their average annual spending is significantly higher than Europe or Canada. These medication are required for survival, but patients are being forced to choose between paying for their prescriptions and having enough money to eat. This problem is widespread, but there are a few people who are fighting for a solution. An oncologist issued his attack in June at a medical conference sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry. He rebuked the industry for nearly doubling the monthly cost of cancer drugs in the past decade. Even among Americans with…

Top 10 Expensive Drugs With Cheaper Alternatives

16 Jul: Top 10 Expensive Drugs With Cheaper Alternatives

When should you opt for the brand name expensive drugs and when should you consider a cheaper generic option? The answer, surprisingly, is more often than you think! The truth is, more physicians and pharmacists are actually recommending that their patients opt for cheaper generic drugs as opposed to brand name expensive drugs. They are the same quality and are just as effective, but they don’t come with a fancy unnecessary price upgrade. Don’t Take That Expensive Drug—Take This Generic Instead! In this post, learn about 10 expensive drugs that you can substitute with equally effective yet much cheaper generic drug alternatives. For your convenience, we have linked to all medication prices listed within the eDrugSearch database that will help you save even more—up…

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01 Apr: Statins: 5 Things Everyone Ought to Know About Cholesterol Medication

Statins, less commonly known as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, are a class of medications used by people who have high cholesterol. High cholesterol poses risks for potentially fatal events such as strokes and heart attacks if not treated properly with the necessary medications and/or lifestyle modifications. Your cholesterol level is made up of both “good” and “bad” components, as well as other miscellaneous components. HDL is good cholesterol, and LDL is bad cholesterol. Statins are meant to decrease your LDL levels. According to studeies supported by the American Heart Association, statins have been scientifically shown to lower these levels by 45 percent, though this number varies with the particular drug and dosage that is used. These medications play a major role…

Post-Nasal-Drip-Cough-Medicine

25 Mar: Post Nasal Drip Cough Medicine that Actually Works

People who have a post nasal drip cough should realize their condition is now being called upper airway cough syndrome (UACS). This is a situation where a person has a cough for a long period of time with nasal congestion. It is often caused by mucus dripping down the back of their throat. This causes a person to have a regular sensation they must clear their throat. UACS can cause a person to have a hoarse voice as well as wake up in the morning with something noticeable in the back of their throat. UACS can result from a person having an allergic or a nonallergic reaction to something in their environment. It could also be the result of sinusitis….

Pharmacy Spotlight: Canadian Pharmacy Meds

10 Mar: Pharmacy Spotlight: Canadian Pharmacy Meds

Canadian Pharmacy Meds is this month’s featured 5-star licensed online pharmacy. Canadian Pharmacy Meds is an online international pharmacy that offers a number of benefits to customers, including great savings, optimal online ordering, secure delivery fulfillment, wonderful customer service, and a exclusive Canadian Pharmacy Meds coupon code, read on to find out more! Canadian Pharmacy Meds Coupon Code Customers can save big on brand name and generic prescriptions. This pharmacy carries a “Lowest Prices Guarantee” seal on its site”, and they mean it. They offer up to ninety percent off the normal retail price of most medications. Additionally, you the reader, in addition to the already impressive savings offered by this pharmacy, can save even more using this exclusive Canadian…

How to Lower Rising Diabetes Costs

25 Feb: How to Lower Rising Diabetes Costs

Approximately 9.3 percent of the U.S. population… Or 29 million Americans, currently have diabetes, and of those, one in four Americans are unaware that they are living with the condition. With so many affected by the disease, the costs of diabetes are becoming an increasing problem. More than 10 percent of healthcare dollars in the country are spent directly on diabetes and its complications, and as of 2012, the total healthcare costs for diagnosed diabetes in the U.S. is an estimated $245 billion, a 45 percent increase since 2007. That figure includes direct costs of $176 billion in emergency and hospital care, diabetes medications, and physician’s visits, and according to the American Diabetes Association, each diabetic in America spends approximately…

Prescription Drug Prices Are Skyrocketing — Here's How to Save

18 Feb: Prescription Drug Prices Are Skyrocketing — Here’s How to Save

[fusion_text]By now, everyone is well aware of sharp increases in medical costs, but this alarming situation is most apparent in the form of high prescription drug prices. According to Truveris, a firm that analyzes prescription drug prices, in 2014, Americans paid nearly 11 percent more than the previous year. It’s no surprise that name-brand medications increased the most by almost 15 percent. Unfortunately, they’re not the sole reason for the price jump. In 2014, people paid five percent more for their generic prescriptions, which is believed to be caused by a lack of competition within the generic drug industry. The FDA recently imposed new quality control initiatives, which according to Truveris CEO Bryan Birch, cut into many generics manufacturers’ already…

Americans Enjoy Increased Access and Savings to Medications Thanks to Online Pharmacies!

11 Feb: Americans Enjoy Increased Access and Savings to Medications

Fewer Americans Skipping Their Meds in 2014 With the high cost of prescription medications, many people have to face the tough choice between filling their supply of prescription medication or paying for essentials of life, like rent and food. Skipping doses of medication can be dangerous, lowering the overall efficacy of the drugs. Recent studies conducted by the Commonwealth Fund have reported the following alarming statistics: In 2012 roughly 50 million Americans, aged 19-64 years of age, skipped filling their scripts due to high cost. The numbers, slightly better in 2014, were still alarmingly high at 35 million people. Several factors are responsible for this increase in prescription obtainment: Obamacare has provided coverage for many, lower unemployment rates have translated…

Pharmacy Spotlight – Buy Low Drugs Online Pharmacy

28 Jan: Pharmacy Spotlight – Buy Low Drugs Online Pharmacy

This month’s pharmacy spotlight is shining on Buy Low Drugs online pharmacy. Buy Low Drugs is a top Canadian online pharmacy that is dedicated to keeping prescription costs as low as possible. With more than 10 years of experience in the online pharmacy industry, Buy Low Drugs knows how to help their customers save money. They are a fully licensed pharmacy that offers discount prescription medication as well as vitamins, supplements, over-the-counter medications, testing supplies, etc… Keeping Costs Low One of Buy Low Drugs’ primary goals is to save you money. They understand the value that generic drugs deliver in offering the same benefits and level of safety as their brand name equivalents while costing much less. They provide information on their…

eDrugSearch.com's 14 Most Popular Posts From 2014

09 Jan: eDrugSearch.com’s 14 Most Popular Posts From 2014

  Aren’t you just a little bit curious to see what articles and infographics were the most popular in 2014? Here’s the countdown: 14.) What Everybody Ought to Know About Heartburn Medications – Learn about the upside to taking heartburn medications, downsides and risks, proper diagnosis, and how to find the best price on your medications. 13.) 17 Common Prescription Drugs with Bad Side Effects – Let’s take a look at a few of these prescription drugs with bad side effects, what those side effects are, and what you can do if you experience any of them. 12.) Pay LESS than Your $10 Co-pay for Many Generic Medications! – If your monthly co-pay is $10, then that seems reasonable. But what if you can get your generic medications…

Pharmacy Spotlight – Canadian Pharmacy King

23 Dec: Pharmacy Spotlight – Canadian Pharmacy King

  Each month we will be featuring one of our pharmacies so that you can get to know them better and this month’s spotlight is on Canadian Pharmacy King. Canadian Pharmacy King is a licensed Canadian online pharmacy that is motivated by the belief that every person should be able to access affordable prescription medication, no matter where they live. Canadian Pharmacy King has been serving customers for over 10 years and is certified through Canadian International Pharmacy Association. Benefits of Shopping with Canadian Pharmacy King Canadian Pharmacy King offers their customers a number of benefits. At the top of this list is the guaranteed lowest price on all prescription medications. They also refer to themselves as the King of…

Medication Adherence Isn’t Just About Memory

02 Dec: Medication Adherence Isn’t Just About Memory

When we picture someone taking medication frequently, even on a daily basis, we often think of the elderly. We also tend to think of this age group when we think of medication adherence. However, its not just the elderly that have a problem with adherence to medication. Anyone who is taking medication for a chronic condition or illness is reliant of daily medication. This includes people who take Metformin or Amaryl for the treatment of diabetes, those who take Ridaura or Imuran to treat rheumatoid arthritis, or those who take daily Lipitor or Crestor to manage their cholesterol levels. People of any age can take these medications and any of these people can have trouble adhering to their daily regimen…

Cholesterol Lowering Medications Side Effects: What You Ought to Know

18 Nov: Cholesterol Lowering Medications Side Effects: What You Ought to Know

Cholesterol medications are taking by millions of people every day with the goal of lowering the level of “bad” cholesterol and increasing the level of “good” cholesterol in the blood. The Mayo Clinic has also indicated that cholesterol lowering medications might decrease the level of triglycerides, which is a type of fat, in the blood. However, these cholesterol medications bring with them potential side effects and everyone who takes them should be aware of these bad side effects. Types of Cholesterol Lowering Medications The Mayo Clinic has broken down the types of cholesterol lowering medication into eight subgroups. These are as follows: Statins, such as Lipitor and Crestor Cholesterol absorption inhibitors, such as Zetia Niacins, such as Niaspan Fibrates, such as Tricor and…

18 Sure-Fire Tips to Save Money on Prescription Drugs

11 Nov: 18 Sure-Fire Tips to Save Money on Prescription Drugs

Empower Yourself to Save Money on Prescription Drugs! It’s no secret that prescription drug costs are out of control in the United States. Since 2000, drug costs have risen by an average of 10 percent every year–more than 3 times the rate of inflation during this period. Today, Americans pay more for their medications than the citizens of any developed country in the world. The unfortunate–and sometimes tragic–results of skyrocketing drug prices include consumers forgoing needed medications because they simply can’t afford them. This is particularly evident in today’s struggling economy. The problem of high drug prices most directly affects the 65 million Americans who don’t have prescription drug insurance. But even those Americans who have insurance are seeing co-pays and…

Pay LESS than Your $10 Co-pay for Many Generic Medications!

05 Nov: Pay LESS than Your $10 Co-pay for Many Generic Medications!

  There is an illusion out there that we all subscribe to that insurance saves us money on all of our medication costs. This is NOT the truth. Approximately 20% of Americans take at least five prescription medications per day. In addition, as much as 86% of all prescriptions filled in the U.S. are for generic medications and dozens of these drugs can be bought for less than the insurance co-pay that most people pay. WRAL News Investigates recently aired a segment in which Renee Chou reported on how many pharmacies are charging the $10 co-pay even when generic medications cost less. Are You Getting Ripped Off? If your monthly co-pay is $10, then that seems reasonable. After all, $10…

Are Overweight Asthmatic Kids Taking Too Much Medication?

28 Oct: Are Overweight Asthmatic Kids Taking Too Much Medication?

Anyone who is out of shape and overweight will more easily become breathless when doing physical activity. New research that has been published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology has shown that obese and overweight children who have been diagnosed with asthma may have an unnecessarily high use of asthma medication. Simply put, many of these children don’t know how to tell the difference between an asthma attack and simply being out of breath. The Study The study included the participation of 58 children, who were split into two groups: obese and overweight children with a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than or equal to the 85th percentile and leaner children with a BMI between the 20th and…

Insidious Greed: How Big Pharma Rips You Off on Drugs

21 Oct: Insidious Greed: How Big Pharma Rips You Off on Drugs

  Recently, through the launch of a new online database last week the U.S. government revealed that in 2013, doctors were paid roughly $380 million by medical device and pharmaceutical corporations for speeches and consultations, all within a five-month time frame. Big Pharma spends almost $20 billion annually marketing their products to doctors, which yields profits upwards of $300 billion per year in drug sales. A handful of these doctors were paid more than $500,000 apiece. Others were paid millions for the drugs and devices they helped to create. Doctors insist that this money doesn’t influence what they recommend to their patients. However, it’s extremely difficult to imagine what purpose the payments would serve if not to increase product sales through prescriptions. eDrugSearch.com…

Some Good News for Senior Medicare Beneficiaries

14 Oct: Some Good News for Senior Medicare Beneficiaries

Last Thursday, the Obama administration announced that senior Medicare beneficiaries will pay the same premiums in 2015 that they are paying this year and the same as the premiums they paid in 2013. This is good news for seniors who use Medicare, most of whom will pay a premium of $104.90 per month. These premiums fall under Part B of the federal insurance program and affect people who are over 65 years of age. They cover visits to the doctor, outpatient care, and necessary medical supplies. What About Deductibles? Annual deductibles for the majority of people who fall under Part B of the Medicare program will also remain unchanged. It is currently $147 for most people and this will be the deductible…

The Financial Toxicity of Cancer Treatment

07 Oct: The Financial Toxicity of Cancer Treatment

  The past Sunday, 60 Minutes aired a segment “The Cost of Cancer Drugs” in which Leslie Stahl got down to the core of the high drug prices and the financial toxicity of cancer treatment. The focus was on drugs used in the treatment of cancer and how they are getting more and more expensive each time a new drug is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and released for use by the public. This isn’t the first time the high prices of these cancer drugs have been brought up as an important issue. There are a number of medical experts and doctors from around the globe who have been vocal about their concerns of the high costs…

Iodine - A Gorgeous New Website for Drug Information

01 Oct: Iodine – A Gorgeous New Website for Drug Information

What Target Did for Rx Bottles, Iodine Does for Organizing Drug Data The world of prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs can seem big and scary. Whenever a person needs medication for a disease, disorder, or other condition many questions come up. What are the drug options? What are the potential side effects? How much does it cost? Are there less expensive generic alternatives? How does the drug really impact people in their day-to-day lives? Fortunately, the power of the internet has once again made it possible for people to educate themselves and learn from each other. There is a new drug database called Iodine (www.iodine.com) that offers users a beautiful and interactive way to view data on the prescription and OTC medications, allowing…

Why Health Insurance Coverage Will Cost You More in 2015

12 Sep: Why Health Insurance Coverage Will Cost You More in 2015

  In 2015, you can bet on the fact that your health insurance coverage will cost you more. One year after the Affordable Care Act was launched both employees and employers are looking at increased costs for their health care plans due to the rising cost of prescription drugs. Whether you are considering drugs used to treat common chronic conditions or specialty drugs, prices are going up, up, up, a trend that has been going on for a number of years. According to Bloomberg, over 73 big-selling drug brands found the price increased in the U.S. by 75% or more since late 2007 for many drug categories. Commonly Prescribed Drugs These are the drugs that are prescribed to treat common chronic…

Generic Prices Are Going Up

05 Aug: Generic Prices Are Going Up . . . Say It Ain’t So!

  Generic medications have long been known to be the cheaper alternative for those people struggling with the cost of medication. Generic medications have come about with the expiration of brand name patents, allowing many drug companies to produce generic medications that are every bit as effective as their brand name counterparts at a fraction of the cost. However, the tides are turning and some generic medications are becoming more and more expensive, making the once affordable alternatives out of reach for some people who simply cannot afford the cost. Cause of Generic Prices Going Up Supply and demand most certainly plays a role in the increase in generic drug prices, with those medications that are in high demand winning…

What Everybody Ought to Know About Heartburn Medications

15 Jul: What Everybody Ought to Know About Heartburn Medications

  In 2012, Nexium, the simple acid reflux drug, was the top-selling brand of prescription medication in the U.S. The sales for this drug totalled a whopping $6 billion. That’s a lot of money to treat heartburn. However, there are a number of other brands that beat the Nexium price and still offer relief from heartburn. Let’s take a look at what you need to know about heartburn medications. Upside to Heartburn Medications According to an analysis conducted by Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs, you have a number of options when it comes to treating heartburn. Just because doctors tend to automatically prescribe proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), such as Aciphex, Prilosec, Prilosec OTC, Prevacid, Prevacid 24hr, Zegerid and Zegerid OTC it doesn’t mean that’s…

Canadian Pharmacies - Setting the Record Strait About Safety

11 Jul: Canadian Pharmacies — Setting the Record Strait About Safety

Millions of Americans turn to international sources for foreign medication, Canadian pharmacies in particular ranking high on the list. They’re close to home, extremely competitive in pricing when it comes to foreign drugs, and have strict safety regulations. However, the federal government for the United States uses plenty of scare tactics in an attempt to make American citizens steer clear of foreign drugs, even going so far as making it illegal to buy drugs from international sources. Because they do not have the official stamp of approval from the Food and Drug Administration, the door is officially closed for consumers in America. However, anyone with savvy and a pinched budget is likely to opt for Canadian pharmacies. The price of…

5 Little Known Ways to Save Money on Your Prescription Drugs

24 Jun: 5 Little Known Ways to Save Money on Your Prescription Drugs

We know the cost of prescription drugs is increasing. It seems every time we turn around, one medication or another costs more. However, there are ways you can trim the costs and save money on your prescription drugs. Let’s take a look. 1.) Do Not Trust Discounts There are many drug manufacturers that will dole out coupons and discounts for their medications. They will supply doctors with these coupons, who hand them out willingly. While these discounts may seem like a good idea, they may not be as appealing as they appear. These coupons will save you money up front, but you might end up paying higher insurance premiums later on. 2.) Shop Around and Compare Drug Prices Many people…

Type 2 Diabetes: Oral Medications Rundown

05 Jun: Type 2 Diabetes: Oral Medications Rundown

Medical experts warn about an upcoming explosion in the number of people with type 2 diabetes. In response to this growing need, pharmaceutical companies have used their research and development departments to develop a number of type 2 diabetes medications that provide patients with a convenient way to manage blood sugar levels and avoid many of the complications of this disease. Understanding Type 2 Diabetes Diabetes is a condition in which blood glucose levels rise to levels far above what is seen normally. Insulin, which is produced in the pancreas, helps to regulate the amount of glucose in the bloodstream. However, sometimes, the body produces no insulin and insulin must be replaced in order for the body to function normally….

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28 May: Summer’s Here! Do You Know Which Medicines Cause Sun Sensitivity?

Everyone loves summer, with its warm weather and fun in the sun, but did you know that some medicines don’t mix well with the sun? Yes, there are some medications that can cause you to burn badly or have an allergic reaction when your skin is exposed to the sun. If you are taking medication and like to spend time outdoors, then you should know which medicines that cause sun sensitivity and what you can do to protect yourself. Common Medicines That Cause Sun Sensitivity There are many medications that cause photosensitivity, both prescription and non-prescription. Antibiotics, antidepressants, and Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) are just a few. These are commonly prescribed medications or over-the-counter medications that people take every day. This…

New Report: Obamacare Silver Plan May Have Higher Costs Than Traditional Plans

27 May: Obamacare Silver Plan May Have Higher Costs Than Traditional Plans

  According to a new report, the cost of prescription medications may be higher under the Affordable Care Act. Individuals expected to be affected the most will be patients who have the Obamacare Silver Plan and may be required to pay more than twice as much out of pocket for their prescription drugs. Those under the Obamacare Silver Plan and who have high insurance deductibles already need to pay 100 percent of their care costs out-of-pocket until they reach their deductible amount. This amount can be as much as $2,000 in some cases, and the overall expense will surpass that of some traditional health insurance plans offered by employers. The new health insurance set-up under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is not completely negative. One…

New Report: Nearly Half of All Americans Take Prescription Drugs

22 May: New Report: Nearly Half of All Americans Take Prescription Drugs

  Have you ever wondered how many Americans take prescription drugs? A new report released by the Center for Disease Control Prevention has revealed that between 2007 and 2010 47.5% of Americans were taking prescription drugs. That’s nearly half of all Americans! Surprised? The number of Americans taking prescription drugs between 1988 and 1994 was only 39.1%. A whopping 10% of Americans took five or more prescription medications in the 30 days prior to the survey. So what prescription drugs are the most commonly needed by Americans today? Heart Medications Top the List There are many types of heart and cardiovascular medications that treat everything from heart disease to high blood pressure to kidney disease. This was reported to be the…

9 Sure-Fire Prescription Drug Safety Tips That Work

20 May: 9 Sure-Fire Prescription Drug Safety Tips That Work

  It is important to keep you and your loved ones safe when it comes to prescription drugs. There are some simple yet effective prescription drug safety tips that you can take to prevent complications and other problems that may arise. Learn how to protect your family and yourself from possible interactions, abuses, and other problems. 1. Know the Source Many people look to save money by using an online pharmacy. This can be a very safe way to save money on some common prescriptions — as long as the company is reputable. There are some unscrupulous sites know as “rogue” online pharmacies that will sell you counterfeit drugs. These are very dangerous, as most are made with toxic ingredients. Do your…

Are You Prepared for the Rising Cost of Prescription Drugs?

15 May: Are You Prepared for the Rising Cost of Prescription Drugs?

Did you know that the cost of dozens of prescription medications has doubled since 2007? The rising cost of prescription drugs is a frightening thought, isn’t it? With many cancer drugs exceeding a cost of more than $10,000 per month and one cystic fibrosis medication costing over $300,000 per year, you might be happy if you don’t need those medications. However, more commonly-prescribed medications for everyday ailments have also increased in price significantly over the last few years. Why Prices Are So High You might wonder why drug prices are going up so drastically. After all, these aren’t necessarily new drugs and they haven’t made improvements to them. They are the same old drugs you’ve been taking for years. Take a drug…

Asthma Medication Prices: Cutting the Cost of Your Treatment

30 Apr: Asthma Medication Prices: Cutting the Cost of Your Treatment

Asthma is a very common disease in the United States.  According to a 2013 article in The New York Times, more than 40 million people in the U.S. are affected by asthma.  The same article also talked about the rising costs of asthma medication prices in the U.S.  The medication for asthma comes in both pill form and as an inhaler.  While inhalers are commonly prescribed for the treatment of asthma, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2011 proved that pills can be just as effective as inhalers.  Fortunately, there are ways to reduce your asthma medication prices and at the same time extend your supply, particularly when it comes to the pill form of the medication….

23 Apr: The Hidden Cost of Free Prescription Drug Samples

Regardless of where you are purchasing your prescription drugs, your prescription journey begins in your doctor’s office.  It is not uncommon for your doctor to provide you with free prescription drug samples when he or she is ready to start you on a new medication.  However, while the drug sample may be free, it might cost you more in the long run.  Pharmaceutical companies spend billions every year on distributing free drug samples to doctors across the U.S.  This is a good way to introduce these physicians to a new type of medication and it is also a good way to get patients to purchase these medications right from the start. No Generic Free Samples The free drug samples that doctors…

Brand Name vs Generic Drugs: Which Is Better?

15 Apr: Brand Name vs Generic Drugs: Which Is Better?

Is it worth paying more for the name brand?  That’s a question people are always asking themselves.  Should I buy the name brand toilet paper or is a no-name brand just fine?  There are times when spending more on the name brand means you will receive a higher quality product.  There are also times when it doesn’t matter one way or the other.  After all, a plain white cotton t-shirt is a plain white cotton t-shirt, right?  So where do prescription and over-the-counter medications fall into this brand name vs generic drugs debate?  Fortunately, you will get the same quality in a generic version of a medication as you get with the brand name. Rigorous Testing Prescription and over-the-counter drugs…