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 […]

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 […]

Prescription-Drug Coupons: No Such Thing as a Free Lunch — NEJM

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

To go along with the recent guest post here about drug discount cards from Richard J. Sagall,  founder of Needymeds, here’s an excerpt from an excellent piece in the New England Journal of Medicine about prescription drug coupons: “We found (by searching the Food and Drug Administration [FDA] website and the Tarascon Pharmacopoeia) that a […]

Drug reps and doctors: Oregon clinic ousts salesmen and their samples

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Great piece from The Bulletin in Bend, Ore., about how a small clinic analyzed the effects of drug company representatives’ visits to the  clinic bearing lunches and samples, and how the clinic decided to throw the reps out: “An analysis of the sample closet revealed very few first-line drugs, the type of medications that doctors […]

An insider’s view of generic-drug pricing: Crazy fluctuation is the norm

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

  Did you ever notice that prescription prices seem to be crazy? Pricing policies from pharmacies and manufacturers are all over the map, David Lazarus writes in The Los Angeles Times, quoting a former drug purchasing manager for Kaiser Permanente, the big California-based health-care provider. ” ‘A lot of the prices for generics cant be […]