drug savings tips

02 Jul: Eight questions to ask before buying a drug discount card

With prescription drug prices going through the roof, everybody and their brother is offering drug discount cards these days. Unfortunately, a lot of these cards are scams. Warns the McAllen (TX) Monitor: Be wary of drug-discount cards or plans that charge fees, experts said. And watch out for hidden costs. Some scammers have made money by “helping” people sign up for discount programs that are actually available for free, the attorney general’s office reports. In 2005, the attorney general sued Senior Rx Support of Dallas, a mail-order prescription service, for offering to help with discount forms for a fee, and then asked participants to lie about their income. Stay away from companies that charge a fee for information on free…

05 Jun: Antidepressant medications are the most searched drug brands online

Consumers search for antidepressant medications online more than any other class of drug, according to data from comScore. In a recent study of 500,000 search queries, five of the 15 most frequently searched prescription brands were for depression. This is in keeping with our own search results at eDrugSearch.com. Here are those five antidepressant medications — in order of searches: Compare Lexapro prices Compare Effexor prices Compare Cymbalta prices Compare Prozac prices Compare Paxil prices So, which antidepressant medication are right for you? In addition to consulting your physician, here are two helpful resources: The Mayo Clinic offers an excellent overview of your options and considerations in making a decision. Dinah at Shrink Rap, a blog by psychiatrists, explains how she…

16 May: Just how insured ARE you? Prescription drug co-pays are on the rise

Jo Hartley reports: “Health insurance companies are currently revising their pricing systems for very expensive drugs and they are now requiring patients to pay hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars for prescriptions for drugs that may save their lives or slow the progress of serious diseases. “With the new pricing system, insurers have now abandoned the traditional arrangement in which patients pay a fixed amount for a prescription regardless of what the drug’s actual cost. Instead, now they are charging patients a percentage of the cost of certain high-priced drugs. This percentage is usually 20 to 33 percent and obviously this can amount to thousands of dollars a month for some patients.” Hartley continues: “It is not known how many…

28 Apr: eDrugSearch.com: crunching the numbers

From the press release we distributed this morning: eDrugSearch.com, the Health 2.0 social network and comparison shopping site for prescription drug consumers, announced today that it has generated more than $2.1 million in sales for member pharmacies through 875,000 visitor referrals from its comparison shopping engine. This includes an estimated $435,000 in March, based on 175,000 referrals to member sites. “eDrugSearch.com has established itself as one of the Web’s fastest-growing vertical search engines and comparison shopping sites since our launch last year,” said Cary Byrd, president and founder of eDrugSearch.com. “Our visitors know they can trust the quality and service of the pharmacies in our database — and trust us to deliver lower prices on prescription medications than they can…

20 Apr: Zyrtec slaps down Claritin in guerrilla marketing war

Finally — pharmaceutical advertising on a budget! Yeah, I know I’m late to the party on this one, but I wanted to chime in: Love this campaign. Compared to the shlock we usually get from Big Pharma, it’s a breath of fresh air (so to speak). Read more here. Also here are some prices comparisons: Claritin prices vs Zyrtec prices. However, in price Claritin is the clear winner!

08 Apr: How do you know you can trust an online retailer?

eDrugSearch.com was founded on the premise that it can be difficult to know which online retailers you can trust — particularly when the product is prescription medications, and you are comparison shopping for the best price. It’s not worth saving a few dollars (or even a lot of dollars) to risk being ripped off or, worse, being sold a bad product. The stakes are higher with prescription drugs than most other products purchased online, obviously. We’re talking about your health and safety, not just losing your money. That’s why our comparison shopping engine only includes pharmacies that follow our 10 Commandments. When you shop at eDrugSearch.com, you know you’re not only getting good bargains — you’re also getting them from…

21 Mar: Online prescription drugs: To buy or not to buy?

Here’s a nice video from Employment Crossing with tips on buying prescription drugs online. The one caveat we would add is that the FDA should not be your be-all-and-end-all in determining how, where and what to purchase online. It’s one data point to consider, but as we’ve shown time and again, it is a flawed one.

27 Feb: eDrugSearch is a network for consumers who buy prescription drugs online

Since our founding a little over a year ago, eDrugSearch.com has prided itself on being a trusted search engine for U.S. consumers seeking medications from international pharmacies. We’ve gotten some nice attention for this achievement and have attracted a loyal base of users. Now, we’re ready to become something more — specifically, the leading social network for prescription drug consumers. Why a social network for online drug buyers? Prescription drug consumers have shown significant interest in social networks on general health sites, indicating — we think — an unmet demand for a niche community. Drug consumers relish the opportunity to share their experiences with one another. These individuals are increasingly turning to each other, and other data points on the…

17 Jan: Top 25 prescription medication searches for December 2007

Here are the top 25 drug price searches on eDrugSearch.com for the month of December: Accupril prices Nexium prices Viagra prices Combivent prices Acyclovir prices Prozac prices Propecia prices Actos prices Yasmin prices Plavix prices Lipitor prices Crestor prices Levitra prices Synthroid prices Azithromycin prices Valtrex prices Topamax prices Vytorin prices Remeron prices Xenical prices Imitrex prices Levaquin prices Byetta prices Celebrex prices Strattera prices As we state each month, the list isn’t a perfect reflection of the most popular drugs purchased online, largely because of Google. For a variety of reasons, eDrugSearch.com  appears very high in the organic search results for some drugs, but not as high for others. This obviously skews our results. With this caveat, however, we…

01 Dec: Michigan officials promote lower prescription drug prices

The Michigan Department of Community Health last year created a Web site, MichiganDrugPrices.com, to help the state’s residents find lower prices on prescription medications. Quantcast offers some interesting summary data on the site’s users since the 2006 launch: This site reaches approximately 67,524 U.S. monthly uniques. The site is popular among a heavily female, 55+, mostly Caucasian audience. Site users have an affinity for CanadaDrugs.com. Now, from looking at Quantcast’s “data” on my site and others, I know that the site’s information can be wildly inaccurate — our own site traffic is several times greater than Quantcast reports, although I don’t know that it’s worth the trouble of correcting them and giving them proprietary information from our servers. So take…

25 Nov: Abilify: No. 1 and climbing

The most searched-for drug on www.eDrugSearch.com for the past two months has been Abilify, which treats the symptoms of psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Initially approved in November 2002, more than 12.5 million prescriptions have been written for Abilify in the United States as of June 2007. Expect those numbers to continue climbing. Last week, the FDA approved the drug as an add-on treatment for adults with major depressive disorder. The drug is to be used in conjunction with commonly prescribed depression drugs, including the SSRIs Lexapro, Prozac, Paxil CR, and Zoloft.

24 Nov: Top 25 prescription drug searches for October 2007

Here are the top 25 drug price searches on eDrugSearch.com for the month of October: Abilify prices Vagifem prices Yasmin prices Lipitor prices Zyprexa prices Synthroid prices Simvastatin Vytorin prices Viagra prices Wellbutrin prices Actos prices Lamisil prices Zoloft prices Crestor prices Levitra prices Plavix prices Strattera prices Zetia prices Avandia prices Xenical prices Celexa prices Topamax prices Cialis prices Prevacid prices Flovent prices The list isn’t a perfect reflection of the most popular drugs purchased online, largely because of Google. For a variety of reasons, eDrugSearch.com appears very high in the organic search results for some drugs, but not as high for others. This obviously skews our results. With this caveat, however, we hope that over time our results…

18 Oct: Top 25 prescription drug searches

We thought it would be of interest to pharma bloggers and others to share a monthly list of the most-searched-for medication prices on eDrugSearch.com. Here are the top 25 searches for the month of September: Simvastatin prices Abilify prices Synthroid prices Yasmin prices Lipitor prices Lamisil prices Symbicort prices Levitra prices Xenical prices Vytorin prices Topamax prices Zetia prices Zoloft prices Crestor prices Cialis prices Aciphex prices Prevacid prices Lisinopril prices Viagra prices Plavix prices Celebrex prices Singulair prices Risperdal prices Diovan prices Casodex prices The list isn’t a perfect reflection of the most popular drugs purchased online, largely because of Google. For a variety of reasons, eDrugSearch.com appears very high in the organic search results for some drugs, but…

26 Sep: Better nutrition now, fewer pills later

In this 10-minute video, Natalie, a lovely Austin, Texas-based nutritionist, discusses how to improve your diet so you can take fewer statins (cholesterol drugs like Simvastatin), proton pump inhibitors (drugs for heartburn and acid reflux like Nexium and Prilosec) and antidepressants (Prozac, Zoloft, etc.)

19 Aug: Provide a free service to your blog readers: Add a drug-search widget

As readers of our blog should know by now, we’re passionate about what we do at eDrugSearch.com. Yes, we’re a for-profit business — or at least we plan to be. (We’re currently generating zero revenues as we work to grow our member base.) But we’re also on a mission that has nothing to do with making money. We’re fed up with America’s corporate healthcare system — and specifically with Big Pharma’s greed in sucking every last dollar it can from our country’s elderly, working poor, and others who can barely afford to purchase prescription drugs. eDrugSearch.com gives these people an alternative — a place where they can feel safe in searching for lower-cost drugs from licensed pharmacies in countries like…

20 Jul: Older diabetes drugs are cheaper, effective and have fewer side effects

It appears someone finally decided to take a look at the effectiveness and benefits of older diabetes drugs (such as metformin) compared with newer, more expensive ones (such as Avandia). Dr. Shari Bolen of Johns Hopkins University studied various medical databases and found 216 relevant studies and two systematic reviews. According to Reuters: Older drugs controlled blood sugar levels about as well as the thiazolidinediones [Avandia] did. There were some differences, however, in other effects. Thiazolidinediones were the only drugs that increased HDL “good” cholesterol levels, but they also increased LDL “bad” cholesterol levels. Metformin reduced LDL cholesterol levels, while the other agents appeared to have no effect on cholesterol levels. With the exception of metformin, the drugs generally increased…

30 May: eDrugSearch.com featured on KENS 5 in San Antonio

Watch out, world: I’m a TV star now. KENS 5, the CBS affiliate in San Antonio, ran a report on eDrugSearch.com on its evening newcast Tuesday night. Here’s a text excerpt from Wendy Rigby’s story: Millions of Americans who are uninsured or underinsured have trouble affording the prescription medications they need. Now, a South Texas man has come up with a way for them to find better deals safely… For those who can’t afford to pay the high prices, enter Bulverde resident Cary Byrd, whose brainstorming led him to create a Web site called eDrugSearch.com. “I just wanted to create something where people can go and search for the medications online for, you know, cheaper prices,” he said. Here’s how…