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 www.PeoplesPharmacy.com. The Guide also describes assistance programs for patients who cannot afford their high-priced medicines.