The myth of drug expiration dates: ProPublica

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

The myth of drug expiration dates: ProPublica

“The box of prescription drugs had been forgotten in a back closet of a retail pharmacy for so long that some of the pills predated the 1969 moon landing,” Marshall Allen writes at ProPublica. “Most were 30 to 40 years past their expiration dates — possibly toxic, probably worthless. But to Lee Cantrell, who helps […]

What’s the most popular drug in your state: Viagra, Truvada, Chantix?

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What’s the most popular drug in your state: Viagra, Truvada, Chantix?

Summary: What’s the prescription drug that’s most searched for on Google in your state? Look here: a fascinating tale of who’s looking to kick smoking with Chantix (Montana, North Dakota, Iowa) or have an erection  with Viagra (California) or lower blood pressure with Exforge (Texas, Louisiana, South Carolina. Utah: Nuvaring contraceptives. And New York? Truvada, […]

Drug-Cost Surprises Lurk Inside New Health Plans – WSJ.com

Drug-Cost Surprises Lurk Inside New Health Plans – WSJ.com

SUMMARY: “Americans with chronic illnesses—who are expected to be among the biggest beneficiaries of the health law—face widely varying out-of-pocket drug costs that could be obscured on the new insurance exchanges.”     There is a lot of great detail in this Melinda Beck piece from the Wall Street Journal about how drug co-pays will […]

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

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

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 price information: What did Medicare pay?

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Drug price information: What did Medicare pay?

We get excited about price information over here at Clearhealthcosts.com, and we like to share our wonky excitement with you. Here’s a site where Medicare’s prices for drugs covered under Part B of Medicare are collected. The current data set is from April 2013. Chemotherapy drugs, vaccines, steroids, antibiotics, vitamins, painkillers and the like. These […]

Buying birth-control pills (and other medications) online and overseas

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Buying birth-control pills (and other medications) online and overseas

People trying to save money on birth-control pills and other medications may look at online pharmacies — or at buying overseas (or across the border). Online pharmacies — to use, or not to use? We thought online pharmacies might be an important player. But most of the women we spoke with about buying birth-control pills […]

What do birth control pills cost? Indies, chains, and finding the best price

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What do birth control pills cost? Indies, chains, and finding the best price

As we wrote in an earlier blog post, when you need to fill a prescription, it pays to shop around. What do birth control pills cost? Prices can vary a little or a lot. Compare big box pharmacies, such as Rite Aid, CVS, Costco or Walgreens, with the little independent guys. The same is true […]

Q: How much do birth-control pills cost? A: $9 to $63, or $68 to $112.

Q: How much do birth-control pills cost? A: $9 to $63, or $68 to $112.

Summary: Birth control pills can come at very different prices. Sometimes they’re actually more expensive if you have insurance! Covered by insurance or not, there are a few things you need to know about how pricing works, and where you’ll pay a lot or a little. It’s different depending on your insurance, on your pill […]

A doctor’s question: What if drugs were all over-the-counter?

A doctor’s question: What if drugs were all over-the-counter?

Summary: We hear a lot from doctors who see the problems of the health care system from a perspective that’s often surprisingly revelatory. Occasionally, we meet someone who’s a good doctor, writer and thinker all at the same time. Dr. David Voran is one; he wrote this for us about the problems his patients encounter […]