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22 Dec: The Value of Prescription Drug Comparison Shopping: An Illustration

  A newspaper in Cleburne, Texas, outside Dallas, has published an excellent illustration of a point we’ve been making since we launched eDrugSearch.com: it’s well worth the effort to comparison shop for prescription drugs. An excerpt from the article: Seven local pharmacies were contacted in an effort to discover what an uninsured consumer would pay for four random, common prescription medications. None of the 28 total prices reported by the pharmacies were equal in amount. One of the prescriptions varied in price by more than $39 depending on where it was filled. The medications inquired about were a Advair Diskus 250/50mcg inhaler, used to treat asthma-related conditions; 0.5mg Alprazolam, the generic form of Xanax, used to reduce anxiety; Tramadol 50mg,…

06 Apr: Comparison shopping engines always looking for a better equation

Saul Hansell at the New York Times has written an interesting piece on Zillow, the real estate valuation site that is now getting into mortgage comparison shopping. What I found most intriguing is how Hansell characterized his views on comparison shopping engines generally: I’ve been in love with the potential of online services to turbocharge comparison shopping by combing through all the options to find the very best deals. This is a mindset, I’ve discovered, that I share with many engineers and technically minded business people who also see shopping as a great optimization equation. … For all of them, there has been a sadly predictable transition as idealism morphs into the cruel realities of running a business. The comparison…