Two of the biggest -selling prescriptions of all time, Plavix, an anti-platelet medication, and Lipitor, a cholesterol lowering medicine, have been available in generic form since May 2012 and November 2011, respectively. However, most retail pharmacies are still charging patients $100-$200 monthly for these medications. Why? And what does this market oddity say about our chances of lowering healthcare costs in the United States? Patients are used to paying a high ...

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You have insurance and, supposedly, it covers your medicines. However, you still get stuck with a portion of the bill that the insurance company calls a "copay." In some cases these copays can run more than $150/ month per medication (e.g. Enbrel). If you are on more than one of these expensive, branded medications the copays can really add up. What are your options?

 1. Generic alternative. Always ask your doc if there ...

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At LesliesList.org we get many emails asking where an adult can get low cost vaccines. It appears the answer is... nowhere. They don't exist-- unless you are an established patient in one of the county-funded or low-cost clinics in your metropolitan area. However, you can save a little money by comparison shopping. I think your best bet is to try one of ...

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As a primary care doc, I have compiled several tips to help patients save money on prescriptions. All the prices quoted in the following examples are from Costco. 1. Patient assistance programs (PAP). Try to get free meds from the pharmaceutical company that manufactures your medication. Most of the time this service is only offered if there is not a generic available for your medicine. I heartily recommend you check out NeedyMeds.org and ...

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As a primary care doctor, I have figured out many tricks for helping patients save money on prescriptions. Some of them I am sure you have never heard of, and others , well -- you might have, but they bear repeating. All of the prices quoted here are from Costco, unless otherwise specified. 1. Price compare between pharmacies. Can't stress enough the potential differences in medicine prices between pharmacies. Generic medicine prices vary more than ...

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The commonly prescribed breast cancer drug, Arimidex, was released as a generic in June 2010. The generic name is anastrozole. I called several local pharmacies last week to find out how much this medicine would cost for a one-month supply. I found some very surprising results: Costco: $27 Walgreens (with Saver Card): $325 (without Card): $380 CVS: $361 Walmart: $347 Target: $340 These are not typos. Costco is selling a one-month supply of generic Arimidex for $27, ...

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Do you know that the price of a contraceptive pill in Chicago pharmacies varies from $9 (Trinessa, aka generic Tricyclen, at Target pharmacy) to $84 (Loestrin 24 at Kmart pharmacy) a month? That means, over the course of the year, depending on what pill you take and where you shop, you could drop as little as $84 or -- let me get my calculator here -- $1008! These prices are if you pay out ...

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Why don't patients and their doctors talk about healthcare costs? Choose the best answer: A. The doctor doesn't bring it up. B. Patients are too embarassed to say cost is a concern. C. Patients assume docs can't do anything to address the cost. D. Doctors don't have sufficient knowledge to discuss costs. E. All of the above Correct answer: E Doctors don't bring up the cost of prescriptions or testing with their patients. In a study from the Archives ...

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Many prescription medicines are actually two or more medicines combined into one pill or package. True, this packaging is convenient-- but you can often save money by buying your medicine as its separate components. Let's look at some examples: Lotrel blood pressure pills. This is actually a combination of two blood pressure medicines: amlodipine and benazapril. Lotrel, the combo pill, is available in a generic form, as are it's two individual ...

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As we have established repeatedly on LesliesList.org, prescription prices can vary a lot from one pharmacy to another. But did you know that some pharmacies will actually match a competitor's price? This could save you a ton of cash, but you have to know how, and whom, to ask for this service. Pharmacy retail chains all have different policies. I spoke to a pharmacist recently at each of the seven top ...

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