Guest post: How to apply for help in paying for expensive drugs

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Samuel Rulon-Miller manages the blog the NeedyMeds Voice, part of NeedyMeds.org, a Massachusetts nonprofit with resources for people seeking help with the cost of medicine. Launched in January of 2013, the NeedyMeds Voice focuses on presenting readers with timely, provocative pieces on healthcare reform, patient advocacy, medication and healthcare access, and other health-related news. This […]

Buying meds online: Resources for checking pharmacy credentials

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Buying meds online: Resources for checking pharmacy credentials

(Updated August 2018) Residents of Maine are able to buy medications online from Canadian pharmacies legally again, after a period in which such sales were illegal. Maine residents are celebrating; Canadian drug prices are much lower than American ones. Other Americans might well be envious of Maine residents. It’s hard to miss the terrifying stories about the […]

How much does that Lipitor cost? A new site for prescription prices

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

New entry in the prescription drug comparison-shopping market: prescriptionbluebook.com. The front page says: “We provide the wholesale cost (the price pharmacies pay) on your prescription medications. A yearly subscription to PrescriptionBlueBook.com reveals the wholesale cost on thousands of brand name and generic drugs for you, your family and even your pets! “PrescriptionBlueBook.com also provides the […]

Drug discount cards: Lifting the veil of secrecy (guest post)

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

This piece is reposted with permission from Costs of Care, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Boston, which has as its mission expanding the national discourse on the role of doctors, nurses, and other care providers in health care spending, while empowering providers with the information they need to deflate medical bills on a grassroots level. * […]