Drug coupons, patient assistance programs: How they work

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Drug coupons, patient assistance programs: How they work

Drug coupons and patient assistance programs are frequently cited by big drug companies as a good way for patients to escape the skyrocketing out-of-pocket costs of medications. But are these programs universally good, or are they cleverly disguised marketing, sales and public relations programs that cost the companies little compared to what they reap? First, […]

Drug Costs Top $50K A Year For Half Million Americans: Forbes

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Summary: “With the drug industry launching more expensive targeted therapies, the number of Americans with annual medication costs of more than $50,000 has jumped more than 60% to nearly 600,000, a new analysis shows,” Bruce Japsen writes at Forbes. “The latest drug spending trend report from pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts … shows 576,000 Americans with […]

How to shop smart for medications: A simple binder method

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

This post about how to buy medications thoughtfully as a smart consumer appeared on one of my online groups. I thought it was so wise that I asked the author if I could post it here, and she agreed. The writer is Moyra Phillips, Huntsville, Ala., who identifies herself as “a wife, mother, grandmother.” The […]