see ads on this page promoting Canadian pharmacies, this does not mean I endorse those ads or am
suggesting that you investigate them.
have no control over which ads appear. I've left the block of ads because they
change from time to time, and some of the links may prove to be valuable to you.
A Personal Recommendation from Barbara:
I urge you to visit the
website of Dr. West Conner,
a pharmacist on the Web who has become a valued business friend of mine and
a source of excellent information on how to save money on prescription drugs. Be
sure to subscribe to his mailing list (very informative with some good humor as
Buying Rx Drugs Online: Avoiding a Prescription for Disaster,
Buying Drugs from Canada
refrained from comment on this topic because there has been considerable
controversy over whether we should be doing this. I believe this is a decision
individuals must make on their own.
to Save Money
on Prescription Drugs
by Barbara Brabec
information is for seniors and low-income folks who are having a
difficult time paying for necessary prescription drugs.
Just For Seniors
Several states have state programs for seniors, and you can get a
list of them at
along with a comparative list of available drug discount cards.
an easy and affordable way for people of all ages to get medicines they need. Through this program, people who qualify financially can get more than 50 generic medications that treat a wide range of conditions including diabetes, asthma, heart disease, and depression. People may take advantage of the program even if they receive medicines through another discount program. The program is available to individuals and families with incomes of up to 250 percent of the federal poverty level.
(For a family of four, this figure is about $47,000 per year.)
Generic isn't always cheaper.
Pay attention to this: Thinking you can
save money, you might ask your doctor for the generic of an expensive
drug, but if this drug happens to be on the "discount list" of your
drug prescription program, the non-generic version might well
be obtained for less than the generic.
Tip for ALL Prescription Drug Users:
Whatever your age, if you have a high RX bill in your house, it will pay you to check out prices with every pharmacy in your area.
When one drug store that my husband and I had been using went out of business, I called all the
pharmacies in town, checking the prices of our most expensive medications, and
found that some drug stores were charging two or three times more than others for exactly
the same drug, same strength, and same quantity. Some good "ripping off" going on here, I
Programs for Low-Income Folks of Any Age
If you or your loved ones can't afford necessary prescription drugs, call
1-800-762-4636 to get a free Directory of Patient Assistance Programs
from members of PhRMA (Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of
America). The directory explains each
manufacturer's requirements on how to obtain their drugs free, or for a
very low fee. (Generally, drugs are shipped to one's doctor, who in turn
dispenses them to the patient.) Anyone who is refused by a drug
manufacturer should save the refusal letter as it will be needed for the
next step that can be taken to obtain free medicine. (Note: I
couldn't find this directory on the website, but I was told that it was available through the
toll-free number provided above.)
When a friend told me she had bone cancer and couldn't
afford the medicine she needed, I quickly sent her links to the above
programs, realizing that a lot of people probably don't know about them.
Check out The Medicine
Program. Anyone who is refused assistance from a drug manufacturer and does not
have insurance or a government program that pays for outpatient
prescription medicines may qualify to enroll in this privately sponsored
program that provides medicines at NO COST. (There is a $5 application
fee, however, for each medicine you request.) Details are on the website.
No matter how you carve it, high drug costs are a terrible burden, not
only for seniors, but for all families today, many of whom don't even have
hospital insurance. And prices are only going to get
higher in the future. To save money, (and preserve more of our
home-business profits), we must pursue every avenue open to us and do
a lot of comparison shopping.
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