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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…

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…

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…

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…

31 Jul: How do you cope with escalating drug costs?

The Orange County Register is asking its readers what strategies they use to keep drug expenditures down: “The soaring costs of prescription drugs have led some health plans to require mail-order prescriptions or limit what medications are covered. The Register wants to hear how readers have coped with changes to their prescription drug benefits and escalating costs. Have you found creative ways to save costs? Have you skipped a medication against doctor’s orders? Do you ration your pills so your supply lasts longer?” We encourage you to tell your story to Register health reporter Courtney Perkes at cperkes@ocregister.com.

06 Jul: Going broke because of high prescription drug costs

This video report from the Associated Press is truly disturbing, telling the story of a family forced to declare bankruptcy because of the high prescription drug costs of treating their son’s autism. The family had health insurance, too — but it wasn’t enough to cover the child’s exorbitant treatment and drug costs. Watch it: And remember to always use eDrugSearch.com to freely compare prescription drug prices to ensure you get safe access to affordable medications, guaranteed.