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Lower Cost Prescription Drug Alternative

For those living within close proximity to Mexico it is becoming more and more commonplace to purchase prescription drugs online, via a Mexican pharmacy. Prices are notably less than what is charged at, both, American and Canadian pharmacies. (It is possible to obtain some medications WITHOUT a prescription.)

American’s are prohibited from ordering a prescription drug online and requesting that it be shipped across the border, as it is highly illegal. Instead, they must travel to Mexico to make the purchase, carrying it back across the border themselves.

Most Mexican pharmacies carry generic and name brand medications. These medications are clearly marked and typically cost $10-$15 less, per prescription, than a non-Mexican pharmacy charges. That savings can really add up, especially over a long period of time.

There are actually two “classes” of Mexican pharmacies. There are those who are allowed to dispense controlled substances and those who are not. …

Ways to Reduce Prescription Drug Costs

  1. Check With Your Doctor About Free Samples. This can save you quite a bit. Drug companies give doctors free samples all the time. Be sure to check with your doctor, or anyone else in your family that is taking prescription drugs.
  2. Ask Your Doctor About Generic Drugs. Check with your doctor to see if it’s possible to get a less expensive alternative drug to the one you are using now. In addition, you may also be able to get older equivalents to newer, more expensive drugs.
  3. Go With 90 A Day Supply. Many insurance companies and pharmacies offer discounts when you order in larger quantities, such as when purchasing a 90 day supply. After all, pharmacies save money because they only need to pay to have the prescription filled once.
  4. Talk With Your Doctor About A Higher Dose. By doing this, you may be able to use a pill cutter

Drug Rehab Chronicles

Things have definitely changed over the years. In the past, when a prescription ran out you went to your doctor for a refill. When he thought it was appropriate, he took you off the drugs. Nowadays, with so many prescriptions being written for opiate painkillers – which are highly addictive – when the doc says no, the patient is in trouble. Unfortunately, instead of heading for drug rehab, he goes in search of other sources for the drug.

Many resort to “doctor shopping” – going from one doc to another, sometimes faking symptoms – to get the drugs. And now we have the Internet. You don’t need a doctor, you just fill out a little online questionnaire and you’ve got your drugs. There are hundreds of these Internet sites, called “rogue pharmacies,” and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) reported that a mere 34 of them dispensed nearly 100 million dosages …

Prescription Drug Coverage

Most people obtain their prescription drug coverage as a part of their overall medical insurance plan. Most medical plans include some form of prescription drug coverage, and some states actually require employers to include this coverage in the medical plans that they offer to employees. Whether purchased independently or in combination with other coverage, the available types of coverage are similar.

Traditional, or fee-for-service coverage is the most common form of prescription drug coverage. This type usually has an annual deductible amount in addition to the amount of the premiums. In general, the lower the premiums, the higher this deductible amount will be. This type of policy pays a percentage of your overall drug bill once the deductible has been met. This percentage is usually around 80%. This type of coverage usually requires you to pay for your prescriptions up front, and you are reimbursed by filing claims. Another aspect …

Pharmacy Drug Costs

So why work so hard to manage drug costs? Why not just use anything that comes to market or put everything on your formulary? The most important reason is patient safety. How can the pharmacists, nurses, doctors, and therapists keep track of EVERYTHING for every drug? It is just not feasible to track the proper dosage, dosage adjustments, side effects, administration technique, etc, for every drug. When the formulary has one or two drugs per class, there is less opportunity for error.

Another argument about drug cost management boils down to this: do you believe that there are unlimited or limited resources available for healthcare? At some point, there are limitations on resources. As such, the pharmacy needs to be the best stewards of drug costs that it can be. Besides, in practice, who else is going to do it? The physician? The nurse? The truth is that managing the …