How much does Luzu cost? Athlete’s foot cures from $3.99 to $432

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How much does Luzu cost? Athlete’s foot cures from $3.99 to $432

“Ever hear of a drug called Luzu? For athlete’s foot?” The conversation started in the gym, where a woman who knows I do health care costs had a story to tell. I said, “I bet you’re going to tell me it’s really expensive,” She said “Yep.” What happened: Her podiatrist recommended this medication for athlete’s […]

Drug copay assistance keeps patients alive and prices, premiums high: USA Today

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Drug copay assistance keeps patients alive and prices, premiums high: USA Today

“Leonard Rodgers, 80, Tempe, Arizona, gets help with the cost of his expensive prescriptions from non-profit Good Days,” Jayne O’Donnell, David Robinson, Ken Alltucker and Liz Freeman write over at the USA TODAY Network. “He talks about how he would be bankrupt in a few months if it wasn’t for the financial assistance. Copayment assistance […]

How much does Dupixent cost? How our information helps people appeal a denial

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How much does Dupixent cost? How our information helps people appeal a denial

A friend writes: “I was fortunate to meet Jeanne at ClearHealthCosts, and with her assistance I was able to get Dupixent, an injected medication needed twice a month for my niece’s eczema. “Other medications did not treat this condition, and her doctor at Columbia Doctors Dermatology recommended this new medication. “We learned that the cost […]

Save Money On Prescriptions: 8 Easy Hacks

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Save Money On Prescriptions: 8 Easy Hacks

This post originally appeared on Forbes, where I am a contributor.  If you’re like a lot of Americans, your prescription prices keep going up and up. What to do? Here are eight easy hacks for saving money on meds. Before the hacks though, one important point: If your insurance company won’t pay for something that is recommended by […]

Drug coupons, patient assistance programs: How they work

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Summary: Drug coupon programs 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 […]

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

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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 […]

Expensive prescription drugs: a few resources for those in need

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We’ve all heard about astonishingly expensive  drugs, and about drug company resources for helping people afford them. Here’s another resource:  “When people in these circumstances need help, many turn to Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs), while others apply for financial assistance through independent non-profits such as The HealthWell Foundation. PAPs – which are offered by state governments or […]