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16 Nov: Floored by Prescription Prices? Learn How to Save Up to 90% By Ordering Online

Unlike other things, we can’t say no to our prescription drugs. We have a physical need to buy medication, and being frugal doesn’t change that. Unfortunately, this makes it easy for prescription prices to rise. Going to a large pharmacy will only make things worse — they think they can count on your business and charge you whatever you want. Luckily, there is hope for people trying to avoid the high price of medication. Online pharmacies and coupons are a great way to avoid being forced to choose between your money and your health. Here’s how. Rising Prescription Prices Prescription prices are getting higher and higher in America. While inflation between May 2015 and May 2016 was just one percent…

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01 Nov: 3 Ways to Lower Your Prescription Prices Right Now

When looking to lower your prescription prices, it’s important that you have some guidelines that’ll make this a reality. Paying for your medication is a big part of your life if you have prescriptions, so you need to cut out any obstacles. Luckily for you, we live in a time in which there are plenty of options available to cut costs and still get your medicine. Also luckily, we know three key tips that’ll help you save a bundle. Tips To Lower Your Prescription Prices Let’s dive into these tips below so that you get your prescription filled without breaking the bank. #1: Outsource Your Medications When you need to cut costs with your prescription costs, online pharmacies are definitely…

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03 Aug: This Is How Escitalopram Can Benefit More Than Just Your Mood

If you suffer from depression, you may feel that no one else understands the pain you’re going through. Yet, the reality is that depression affects 40 million adults in the United States alone. This makes it the country’s most common mental illness. Are you on the fence about whether to get help? If so, it’s important to know there are medications, such as Escitalopram, designed to reduce anxiety and depression. They work by restoring the balance of chemicals in your brain, helping you feel more like yourself. This knowledge could be lifesaving. Though the condition is prevalent, only one-third of those in the U.S. suffering from depression seek medical treatment. In Canada, one in four residents suffers from a form of…

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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…

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…

Unaffordable Prescription Drugs

14 Aug: What You Can Do About Unaffordable Prescription Drugs

According to IMS Health, a leading healthcare information and technology company, Americans spent $325.7 billion on prescription medications in 2012. Compare that to the amount they spent in 1990: about $40.3 billion. For sure, medications now represent a significant percentage of many people’s budgets. For some people who need medication, however, the costs of those drugs are simply too onerous to buy. Dangerous Ways of Reducing Drug Costs A recent “Consumer Reports” study detailed a phenomenon that probably seems obvious: When people can’t afford medications, they try to find ways to cut those costs. However, much of the time, those cost-cutting practices are dangerous. For example, they might: skip necessary doses of medication put off going to the doctor postpone…

Obama's Secret Trade Deal Could Cause Huge Rise in Drug Prices Worldwide

06 Aug: Obama’s Secret Trade Deal Could Cause Huge Rise in Drug Prices

Anyone who has to struggle with rising costs of medical care, prescription drugs, and medical devices should pay very close attention to the ultra-secret “Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement” supported and implemented by the Obama administration. New Deal Helps Entities, Not Consumers This Trans-Pacific Partnership deal could potentially cause a massive rise in drug prices, as well as the already high prices of crucial medical devices for patients around the world. The U.S Pharmaceutical companies have know about this deal long enough to spend company time shaping elements of the deal to increase their profits; now it’s time for the people of the world who rely on new medical technology and medication to survive to be given the information they need…

The Shocking Truth Why Prescription Drug Prices Are So High

22 Jul: The Shocking Truth Why Prescription Drug Prices Are So High

It’s no secret that prescription drug prices are at an all-time high. Americans are spending just under $1,000 each year for prescription drugs. Listed below are the top five real reasons why these drugs cost Americans so much. You’re paying for all of the drugs in America. You’re paying for all of the drugs in the world. You’re paying for expensive marketing and advertising campaigns. You’re paying for somebody’s fat corporate bonus. You’re paying taxes on it too! 1.) You’re paying for all of the drugs in America. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to just pay for one prescription. The cost of prescription drugs falls on everybody’s shoulders. Drug development is a vast and wide-reaching business. Drug prices cover research and development…

Is It Legal to Buy Prescription Drugs from Canada?

13 Jun: How to Buy Drugs Online Safely

Point, click and buy whatever you want or need. Whether you are looking for a good deal on airline tickets, need groceries, want a new car or the latest best-selling book, the Internet is the go-to resource. In recent years, the door has also opened to buy prescription drugs online. National pharmacy chains and health insurance providers offer options to make purchases without traveling to the drug store. Additionally, there are legitimate Internet sites that sell prescription drugs to online shoppers. There are also, however, a number of unlicensed sites that have tapped into this shopping convenience. Knowing how to buy drugs online safely… can save time and money when you are selective in the sites that you use. One…

How to Access Prescription Medication Overseas

06 Jun: How to Access Prescription Medication Overseas

There are many different reasons as to why someone would want to learn how to access prescription medication overseas. You can usually save a bit of money by going through this process, and it is also sometimes more convenient to simply order your medication off the Internet instead of getting in the car and driving somewhere to pick it up. Here are the steps that you need to take if you want to learn how to access prescription medication overseas –  safely and conveniently. Get Your Prescription  Before you can place your order online, you will need to get the actual prescription from your local doctor. Make sure that you get a 6-month prescription for any drug that you wish to order…

Why is Medicine Cheaper in Canada?

19 Apr: Why is Medicine Cheaper in Canada?

Canadian consumers and the Canadian federal government approach the production and distribution of prescription medications in a different way than Americans. Canadian pharmaceutical companies are subject to strict guidelines that determine pricing for prescription drugs; they are essentially required to sell medications for a fair and reasonable price. How does the Canadian government regulate the cost and production of prescription medications? When asking the question Why is medicine cheaper in Canada? it is necessary to take into account the role of the federal government in the Canadian health care system. To protect Canadian consumers, the government has established an organization known as the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB). The PMPRB was created specifically to regulate prescription drug prices. Before…

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12 Mar: How Patients Can Get Prescription Discounts Right Now Without Insurance

Medications are often cheap for people with insurance, but the average cost of prescription drugs without insurance can be expensive. Fortunately, it’s still possible to still get prescription discounts in this situation. For example, assistance plans are available through certain pharmaceutical companies to cover part of the price of their prescription drugs. In addition, some retailers offer savings programs that let users buy generic drugs at discount prices far below the cost of name-brand versions. But there is one “tried and true” way of getting prescription discounts right now if you don’t have insurance and you want to save right now. Keep reading — we save the best for last! Standard Pill Costs Unfortunately, it’s difficult for consumers to calculate costs of…

How to Get the Cheapest Prescription Medications

25 Feb: 7 Easy Tips on How to Save Money on Prescriptions without Insurance

Whether you are in excellent or moderate health, you need to go to the doctor from time to time. Those who are frequently ill recognize the importance of these visits. Unfortunately, you do not have health insurance. Therefore, it is important to learn how to save money on prescriptions without insurance. 1.) Low Cost Clinics In your community, you likely have a couple of clinics that offer prescriptions for low or no cost. The exact prescriptions that you’re able to get depend upon the nature of the facility. These places are designed specifically for people who have no health insurance plans, so they understand your needs and have a variety of plans that are suitable for your personal health situation….

01 Feb: 5 Easy Tips To Beat Rising Prescription Drug Prices

Taking prescription drugs can have amazing benefits to help curb or eliminate the symptoms of many diseases and disorders ranging from diabetes and high blood pressure to unhealthy cholesterol levels. But prescription drug prices that seem to be constantly escalating can prove a hardship to many individuals and families. It pays to become a savvy consumer in order to avoid feeling financially strapped paying for the prescription drugs that benefit your overall health. Here are 5 easy tips to beat rising prescription drug prices. Ask your doctor if you can substitute a generic drug for a brand name prescription drug. Many generic drugs that do the same job as more expensive brand-name medicines can end up costing you only one-fifth…

19 Jan: The Benefits of Using a Drug Price List

When you’re searching for the best ways to find medications, one of the major factors that will come into play is the cost. As you already know, medicines can be pricy, but using our drug price list will absolutely save you some money. The Basics In fact, when people use our drug price list, they save 72 percent, on average, off of the standard retail price. This is a huge amount. If your medication was going to cost you $50, it would not only cost $14, based off the average. This gives you more money to spend on other necessities related to your health. When you search this list, you will have access to more than 20 pharmacies as well….

24 May: Prescription Drug Prices Rise 10 Percent

As many of you may have already noticed, there has been an increase in how much you pay for your drugs. Although inflation remained flat for the year ending in March 2010, the prices for brand-name drugs went up nearly 10 percent, according to AARP. A recent report on prescription drug prices from The Sun News, “Last year, the inflation rate was 0.3 percent, but drug prices went up over 9.7 percent,” said John Rother, executive vice president for policy at AARP. “That’s quite a contrast.” And the price hikes don’t just affect people on Medicare. Rother says the population aged 50 to 64 represents the biggest increase in people taking drugs, and for some of the most common conditions,…

24 Jun: It’s not a “free market” — Big Pharma has bought and paid for it

Can I make a suggestion to you? When some political blowhard on TV or the radio tells you something, don’t automatically believe it. Do your research to learn the facts for yourself, OK? You see, pundits and politicians lie. And they hope you’ll be so accepting of their carefully crafted talking points that you won’t bother to investigate an issue for yourself. A great example is high drug prices. America has — by far — the highest prescription drug prices in the world. But the pharmaceutical industry, aided by various demagogic pundits and alleged “think tanks,” has done a masterful job of convincing a sizable minority of Americans that these high prices are not the pharmaceutical industry’s fault, or our…

23 Jun: eDrugSearch.com’s “99 Ways to Save Money on Your Prescription Drugs”

The eDrugSearch.com e-book “99 Ways to Save Money on Your Prescription Drugs, 2012 Edition” is now available on Scribd, where you can see a preview of the book’s first 4 pages before purchasing. Check it out and start saving on your prescription drugs now! eDrugSearch.com’s 99 Ways to Save Money on Your Prescription Drugs 2012 Edition

28 Apr: Investment analyst: Obama’s reforms will barely make a dent in Big Pharma’s profits

We’ve heard endless whining by Big Pharma and its water carriers in Congress about how President Obama’s plans to reduce prescription drug costs will all but destroy the U.S. pharmaceutical industry. An investment analyst who covers the industry thinks otherwise. Jason Napodano, in a report for Zacks Investment Research published earlier this month, writes: When President Obama’s administration released the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, drug stocks quickly dropped. Fears of socialized medicine, or “Hillary-Care 2.0” turned investors away from the sector. Was the drop warranted? … The net result of healthcare reform is likely to be limited on big pharmaceutical earnings … At this point, the fear of healthcare reform seems entirely more bark than bite. Napodano…

21 Apr: Big Pharma ignores down economy, raises prescription drug prices again

The AARP’s annual report on prescription drug prices, released last week, reveals that pharmaceutical manufacturers raised prices on the most popular brand-name drugs by 8.7 percent in 2008 — well over twice the rate of inflation. According to the AP: AARP’s report highlighted growing costs of what it said were the 219 most widely used brand-name drugs. Among the drugs that saw the biggest price increases in 2008, according to AARP: Prevacid, for acid reflux; Wellbutrin, for depression; and Lunesta, for sleeping. Prevacid went up by 30 percent, Wellbutrin by 21 percent and Lunesta by 20 percent. Financial analysts have attributed some of the increases to drug makers attempting to boost profits amid an economic downturn as they confront the…

02 Apr: Why small pharmacies can’t compete on price

In researching Wal-Mart’s impending battle with PBMs like Express Scripts and Medco, which are aggressively pushing consumers to order drugs by mail rather than at retailers like Wal-Mart, I came across some interesting data on pharmacy costs at the blog of Dr. Adam J. Fein, an economist who studies the pharmacy supply chain. Dr. Fein referenced a study on the cost of dispensing drugs at pharmacies nationwide. Among the factoids in the study: The national average cost of dispensing is $10.50 per prescription. Costs vary widely from state to state, ranging from an average of $8.50 per prescription in Rhode Island to $13.08 in California. Costs vary widely based on the size of the pharmacy, ranging from $9 for the…

30 Mar: Wal-Mart takes on PBMs: this is getting GOOD!

We speculated last week that the big health insurance companies and their PBMs (pharmacy benefit managers) may soon attempt to force employees toward mail-order drugs. It’s certainly a real possibility after the PBM Express Scripts began providing mail-order delivery as a default option for employer-based health plans. As I predicted then: 1. Soon, all other PBMs will offer the same program. 2. Then, one PBM will come up with a program that makes participation in the mail-order program mandatory in order for employees to receive coverage — in the name of employer cost savings. 3. That will become the dominant model for employer-based prescription drug insurance. I then added, forebodingly: Now, I haven’t factored in the uproar that this would…

23 Mar: Bill Clinton’s prescriptions for high drug costs

Dr. Sanjay Gupta recently sat in for Larry King and had former president Bill Clinton as his guest. Clinton had some interesting things to say about the problem of high drug costs — driving home the point that our current system of corporate welfare for Big Pharma just isn’t working. Here are some excerpts of Clinton’s remarks, which I’ve organized by talking point: Americans Pay More for Less The McKenzie Study done a couple of years ago said that we pay $66 billion a year more for medicine and that at least our older populations consume relatively less per capita than other wealthy countries. Our Government Is Subsidizing Big Pharma We have made a bargain with our pharmaceutical companies. We’ve…

19 Mar: Why brand-name drugs are cheaper in Canada, but generic drugs aren’t

We are sometimes asked why we include a number of U.S.-based pharmacies in the eDrugSearch.com pharmacy directory, since prescription drugs are so much cheaper at Canadian pharmacies. One of the main reasons is that U.S. pharmacies often sell generic drugs at lower prices than their Canadian counterparts. A new study by the Fraser Institute, “Canada’s Drug Price Paradox,” compares Canadian and American drug prices for the 100 most commonly prescribed brand-name drugs, as well as the 100 most commonly prescribed generic drugs. The study found that while brand-name drugs are much more expensive in the United States, generic drugs cost more in Canada. After currency adjustments, Canadian retail drug prices for brand-name drugs in 2007 averaged 53 percent lower than…

12 Mar: Will Rite Aid go the way of the dinosaur?

Rite Aid is a $24 billion company operating more than 5,000 drugstores in 31 states, making it the third-largest pharmacy chain in the United States. But unless this overpriced retailer receives some bailout money from heaven (’cause it’s sure not coming from Washington), the year 2009 may be its last. Motley Fool has just put it on its list of 15 companies that might not survive the year. Says the Fool: Rite Aid. (Ticker symbol: RAD; about 100,000 employees; 1-year stock-price decline: 92%). This drugstore chain tried to boost its performance by acquiring competitors Brooks and Eckerd in 2007. But there have been some nasty side effects, like a huge debt load that makes it the most leveraged drugstore chain…

06 Mar: Bills to legalize Canadian drug introduced in the U.S. House, Senate.

As anticipated, bills to finally legalize the purchase of Canadian drugs by U.S. consumers were introduced in both houses of Congress this week. Here’s a news release excerpt on the Senate bill: U.S. Senators Byron Dorgan (D-ND), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), John McCain (R-AZ), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) introduced critical drug importation legislation today that will reduce the cost of prescription drugs in the United States. The Senators said their legislation, the “Pharmaceutical Market Access and Drug Safety Act,” will bring consumers immediate relief and will ultimately force the pharmaceutical industry to lower drug prices in the United States. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the bill would save American consumers $50 billion over the next decade, including more than $10 billion…

17 Feb: Americans spend more on healthcare than education and entertainment.

Scientific American has published an article examining the problem of high prescription drug costs as well as proposed solutions. Some salient stats referenced in the article: American households annually spend more money on health care than on education and entertainment combined. American households spend more than $200 billion on prescription drugs each year. 45 million Americans, including eight million children, do not have health insurance. Free drug samples are generally given to those who already have health insurance — not to those who need them most. 41 percent of Americans report at least some difficulty in paying drug bills. 30 percent of Americans reported that they did not fill prescriptions because of the cost. Here are a couple of the…

16 Feb: It’s time to end corporate welfare for prescription drug companies

I found this wonderful letter by Carrol L. Fry in the Kansas City Star and wanted to share it with all of you. It’s in response to a syndicated column by a typically out-of-touch Washington pundit. I read George Will’s hand-wringing column about the imminent demise of Medicare (2/7, Opinion, “Obama willing, Congress weak on entitlements”). Maybe if our government were willing to curb corporate welfare for the prescription drug companies, we could save a few billion. I was shocked to find that my Medicare Plan D cost for one of my prescriptions, for both my co-pay and Medicare, was $392 for a 90-day supply, and another was $265 for 90 days. I checked prices at a Canadian pharmacy and…

05 Feb: Study: Medicare coverage gap is forcing seniors to skip their meds

We’ve written here frequently about the “doughnut hole” in Medicare Part D. This is a coverage gap that, in 2009, requires seniors to begin paying full price for their prescription drugs if they exceed $2,700 in total drug costs. Contrary to what many seniors believe, the $2,700 isn’t based on out-of-pocket expenditures, but the total cost of their drugs, including the covered portion. So a senior will typically pay less than $1,000 out of pocket before hitting the coverage gap. And here’s where the doughnut hole becomes a chasm. Coverage doesn’t kick in again until the senior has paid a whopping $4,350 out of pocket. About a quarter of Medicare Part D enrollees — more than six million seniors —…

04 Feb: Clip coupons to reduce your prescription drug costs

The AARP Bulletin recently recommended two sites for prescription drug coupons: OptimizeRx.com and InternetDrugCoupons.com. Both of these sites’ seek out temporary price breaks from drug makers, as well as other discounts, and can save you up to 40 percent off the retail price of brand-name drugs. Keep in mind that the coupons offered through these sites generally cannot be used in combination with Medicare, and often have other restrictions. The problem we found with drug vouchers and prescription drug coupons is they’re reasonable to use for free refills or to defray co-payments for prescription drugs that you’re already taking … But seemingly sweet deals might cost far more in the long run if they keep you on newer, high-priced brand-name…

21 Jan: If drug benefits for seniors are this bad in Massachusetts…

If the current economy weren’t bad enough for seniors on fixed incomes, now the state of Massachusetts (as a result of the recession) has slashed a state program that assisted seniors with drug costs. Boston.com reports: Tens of thousands of Bay State seniors are facing steep increases in the cost of their prescription drug copayments, the result of an $11 million cut in a state-funded program that, until Jan. 1, helped to defray their pharmacy costs. More than 44,000 senior citizens are affected by the cuts in the Prescription Advantage program, with many seeing their copayments double or triple, officials said. As a result, some seniors are simply leaving their prescriptions on the pharmacy counter, rather than pay a price…

20 Jan: Can chain drugstores help North Dakota’s prescription drug prices?

A North Dakota news site reports that drug prices are under the microscope in the state as legislators consider repealing a law that prevents most chain pharmacies from competing there. The law requires pharmacies to be majority-owned by North Dakota licensed pharmacists. Supporters of repeal argue that allowing the big retailers to offer prescription drugs will encourage price competition and result in lower costs for consumers. To test this, The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead “took the five most common prescription drugs in North Dakota and compared their prices at four area pharmacies — two in North Dakota and two in Minnesota.” The results showed that North Dakotans weren’t paying more for these drugs than Minnesotans, after all. However, there was something…

19 Jan: A pharmacist’s 10 tips for saving on your prescriptions

[The following is a guest post by our friend Dr. Jacob Milbradt, a Kansas pharmacist. Jacob graduated with distinction from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy and currently works as a pharmacist in an independently-owned pharmacy in south central Kansas. He is founder and president of MrMedSaver.com, an Internet-based consulting firm that specializes in helping people save on their prescriptions.] These days, we’d all like to save as much money as possible on just about anything. However, I encounter numerous people every day who spend way too much money on their prescriptions. It’s a common misconception that prescription drug therapy is simply expensive, and there’s nothing you can do about it. With a little effort, though, you can easily…

01 Jan: Consumer Reports rings in 2009 by buying The Consumerist

As readers of this blog know, Consumer Reports is one of our favorite publications. We love the fact that they don’t accept advertising — and thus are not influenced by the threats of sponsors they might criticize. It’s one reason we trust Consumer Reports — on issues ranging from choosing a car to buying prescription drugs from Canada — over virtually every other source of consumer information. The Consumerist, meanwhile, is a great blog and, like Consumer Reports, has never been afraid to criticize the biggest companies in the world when they let their customers down. Unfortunately, one result of this is that it’s had trouble selling advertising at the rates its level of readership merits. On Wednesday it was…

16 Dec: Pfizer-funded study: Lower prescription drug prices could kill you

It’s no secret that Americans pay far more for prescription drugs than consumers in any other country in the developed world. Most European countries impose price controls on Big Pharma that keep their prescription drug prices to less than two-thirds of what Americans pay. Obviously, Big Pharma doesn’t want that happening here — which may help to explain why Pfizer has funded a new Rand Corporation study saying that lowering drug prices through price controls would have horrific consequences for Americans. How horrific? It would actually reduce the length of your life! As Reuters reports: Imposing European-style price controls on prescription drugs in the United States would result in modest cost savings that would be more than offset by shortened…

09 Dec: Splitting pills: Dos and don’ts

We’ve long advocated pill-splitting as a great way to save money on prescription drugs — but the caveat is that it only works with some pills. Pharmacist Richard Harkness offers a list of pills that can be safely split, as well as a list of those to avoid splitting, in Prevention Magazine. Keep in mind that this list is far from comprehensive — and always be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before splitting pills. Do Split atorvastatin (Lipitor) metformin (Glucophage) rosuvastatin (Crestor) citalopram (Celexa) nefazodone (Serzone) sertraline (Zoloft) clonazepam (Klonopin) olanzapine (Zyprexa) sildenafil (Viagra) finasteride (Proscar) paroxetine (Paxil) simvastatin (Zocor) lisinopril (Zestril) pravastatin (Pravachol) tadalafil (Cialis) lovastatin (Mevacor) quinapril (Accupril) vardenafil (Levitra) Don’t Split Tablets that break…

08 Dec: Pharmacists offer six ways to cut drug costs

In a Saturday blog post, Julie Deardorff of the Chicago Tribune published six money-saving drug tips from Stefanie Ferreri and Jena Ivey, pharmacists and assistant professors at the University of North Carolina. It’s nothing you haven’t read here before, but I’m a firm believer in education through repetition and reinforcement. The tips — 1. Eliminate medicines you don’t need or that don’t work. 2. Don’t be shy about asking for cheaper options. 3. Shop around. 4. Time it right (i.e., buy more pills at once to lower the cost per dose). 5. Don’t “ask your doctor” for advertised drugs and skip the samples. 6. Literally cut costs (i.e., cut pills in two if the pill can be safely split). We…

04 Dec: Drugstore Savings Strategies from the Coupon Mom

Stephanie Nelson, a.k.a. the Coupon Mom, has released an e-book on savings strategies for CVS, Walgreens and other drugstore chains. The e-book is focused on coupon and reward card savings on general merchandise, rather than prescription drugs. However, there are a couple of good prescription-related tips, such as — “Pharmacy prescription transfer coupons and competitor coupons: On a local basis drugstores may mail out prescription transfer coupons, such as giving customers a $20 store gift card when they bring in a new prescription or transfer one from another pharmacy.” “Ask your drugstore if they will also accept other pharmacies prescription coupons. If so, start keeping an eye out for your grocery stores’ and other drugstores’ prescription coupons to have several…

02 Dec: Are the days of free samples coming to an end?

  USA Today reported recently on mounting pressure on doctors to stop giving free drug samples to their patients. The longstanding practice is under attack from several sources, including — Consumer advocates, who say that doctors use free samples to start patients on expensive brand-name drugs, when cheaper generics would do; Pharmacists, who say they are being kept out of the loop; and Healthcare systems, which say that doctors aren’t completing the necessary paperwork, etc., to track patient outcomes. Frankly, we have mixed feelings about the no-samples trend. While certainly there is the danger that a doctor might prescribe a more expensive drug simply because he or she has samples on hand (which would cost the patient more in the…

08 Oct: It’s not just the elderly who can’t afford prescription drugs

  Those who would minimize the crisis that is the U.S. healthcare system would have you believe, among other things, that the problem of high-priced prescription drugs mostly affects the elderly — who supposedly have gotten the relief they need from Medicare Part D and a multitude of state programs. This is simply not the case. The Los Angeles Times reports on a pharmacy benefit manager’s study that states: …nearly 70 percent of adults aged 25-34 claim the economic downturn of the last 12 months has made it somewhat or significantly more difficult to pay for health care expenses … Overall, three out of four people are concerned about the cost of health care… The Times speculates as to the…