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Over the decades, consumers have been protesting that high-priced medicines make it difficult for them to afford their treatments. Drugstore bills are higher in the US than in other places around the world. Medication prices have been rising faster than prices for other essential goods, especially during the recent recovery when overall inflation has been low. What can people do to be able to afford their prescriptions? One reader has a suggestion.

Manufacturers Offer Help for High-Priced Medicines:

Q. Often people pay a high price (or copay) for drugs that are not covered by their medical drug plan. My wife has been prescribed two pricey drugs (Xarelto and Toujeo). Neither is covered by our plan.

Each manufacturer offers a savings program that allows me to get her prescription filled with a low copay. It has helped me save hundreds of dollars.

Read the Manufacturer’s Coupon Carefully:

A. Patients should check the manufacturer’s website for such offers. As you point out, they can save quite a bit that way. Be sure to read the fine print, though. Sometimes the offer is restricted to a certain period of time or carries stiff eligibility restrictions.

You can learn much more about economizing on your prescriptions from our Guide to Saving Money on Medicines. Access to this online resource may be purchased at The Guide also describes assistance programs for patients who cannot afford their high-priced medicines.

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  1. Steve
    Raleigh NC

    I find it amazing that some of my medications obtained via cost less than my Medicare part D copay for the identical drug.GoodRx does not enjoy my part D premium payment or any govt subsidy How do they do it? Is the difference pure profit for the drug manufacturers and the pharmacies?

  2. Jo W
    South Carolina

    Any suggestions for saving $$$$ on expensive cancer drugs?

  3. Don

    If you are on Medicare, coupons or discounts don’t matter–no discount. What’s wrong with this? We are the ones who need it.

  4. Robert
    Troutville Va.

    Price of vitamins K 5mg Drug, for treatment for blood failing to clot.
    7 -5 mg tablets $436.00 and part D Medicare an Anthem will not cover this Drug.

  5. Penelope

    The pharmaceutical sector has the highest profit margin in the US economy. This is on the backs of all of us including Medicare. Something has to be done about this criminal behaviour!

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