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Q. I have read that many people don't take their prescribed medication because of concern about costs. Please tell your readers that anyone who can't afford the prescription should talk to the pharmacist about an alternative.

I have heard of people saving money through generics, an older drug to treat the same problem or medicine from a compounding pharmacy. The best solution is financial aid from the pharmaceutical company that makes the drug.

A. You have summarized these options well. While generic drugs can save lots of money, some people find they do not always work the same as their brand-name counterparts. In our Guide to Saving Money on Medicine we describe strategies for using generic drugs wisely and ten tips for economizing in the pharmacy.

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I have gotten financial aid from pharmaceutical companies. Brand name medications.

Alas, if you're one of the thousands who are stuck with biopharmaceuticals there are no options... no generic insulin, so the insurance companies will charge premium prices. This is why I try for the lowest dose I can take giving me blood sugars that I can live with. Are they optimum sugars? Obviously not but I just can't afford the dose they've prescribed.

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