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"Antidepressants remained the top-selling category of drug in 2001, with sales of $12.5 billion, up 20.2%. Anti-ulcer drugs (led by Prilosec and Prevacid) were the second biggest sellers as a category, with retail sales of $10.8 billion, up 14.4%. "
State Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs
Generic Drugs: Questions and Answers
National Institute for Health Care Management
Research and Educational Foundation
"According to Jupiter Communications, on-line drug sales in the United States were US$23 million in 2000 (as cited in National Association of Boards of Pharmacy 2001: 44), barely a scratch on the total of US$97.4 billion sold through retail pharmacies (IMS Health 2001)".
Seniors and Chronic Pain
Tablets can vary in color depending on country sold to. You can always call the drug company to check
Over 37% of Americans have no drug insurance and over 41 million Americans are not covered by insurance.
If your medication comes in tablets and is scored, you may want to ask your doctor to prescribe a higher dosage if you get his approval and then buy a pill splitter, that will further reduce costs substantially. Neat article on pill splitting
Many of us need to find cheap drugs. Without insurance, many of us can't afford drugs that can cost three or more dollars a pill let alone ten dollars a pill. The internet has made it easier to find cheap or cheaper sources for medication or information to help reduce the cost of drugs. Hopefully
this webpage for cheap drugs will help. It is broken down into cheap drugs with state programs, cheap drugs from Canada, Cheap drugs with free or small cost Cards, Cheap Drugs, and Patient Assistance Programs where you can get free drugs regardless of whether you are a senior citizen or not.|
A Great Place to buy alternatives for your health. Joanne, the proprietor is well versed and is up to date on latest alternative research. Please do not take advantage of her vast knowledge if you do not intend to buy
An article written in dec 2003 from newspapaer http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_24-11-2003_pg6_6
At least 38 states have some kind of program to help. The website provides some telephone numbers and general information concerning each state that provides help."35 states have enacted laws to create programs; three others are by executive branch action only. 29 state programs now are in operation; in addition, Arkansas, Hawaii, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Washington have enacted laws that are not yet in operation. 30 states' laws provide for a direct subsidy using state funds. 20 states have created or authorized programs that offer a discount only (no subsidy) for eligible or enrolled seniors; a majority of these states also have a separate subsidy program.*
2003 Prescription Drug State Legislation (includes new subsidy, discount and bulk purchase plans)
Recent Medicaid Prescription Drug Laws and Strategies, 2001-2003
THE 2003 HHS POVERTY GUIDELINES One Version of the [U.S.] Federal Poverty Measure
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Benefits: 10% rebate credited back to your Walgreens Senior Dividends Card on each drug purchase. There is no cost for the card or to register the card-have to be 55, no prescription insurance, no government assistance etc
Arrp=annual small dues-Fifty years old and above
Pharmacy with low prices that delivers free to your door..mention Senior for lower prices.1-877-935-5797
"AdvancePCS RxSavings Plus for Seniors helps uninsured and underinsured seniors, who normally pay cash for their prescription medications, save money on their prescription drug purchases! AdvancePCS RxSavings Plus for Seniors enables members to use their prescription drug card at more than 51,000 participating pharmacies nationwide. Members receive an average savings of 20 percent off the regular retail price of prescription drugs. Senior members will also enjoy extra savings on select medications for allergies, heart disease and glaucoma"
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destinationrx -$9.95 for life
Another discount drug card honored by over 45,000 pharmarcies. Has a database to compare cheapest online prices for medications. Also has a dental plan.
The Prescription Drug Discount Card is FREE to ANYONE that needs it
List of Drug Companies providing free drugs for people with limited means
Patient's Assistance Programs for Medications-some application forms available at this site
The WellCard™ Medical Savings Program provides Non-Insured Health Benefits
Amid growing US demand for low-priced prescription drugs from Canada, Washington is pressing Ottowa to crack down on Internet pharmacies that sell to US citizens in defiance of US regulations.
This week US Food and Drug Administration commissioner Mark McClellan travelled to the Canadian capital to plead the case of US drug companies, who say the transborder commerce poses health risks to Americans.
“We have seen lots of examples of unsafe drugs coming into the United States from Canada: unapproved medicines, medicines that were not stored properly, medicines that were dispensed in the wrong amounts or without a physician’s labeling,” he said.
Diane Gorman, assistant deputy minister of Health Canada, replied that the sales do not violate Canadian laws, and vigorously defended her agency’s safety record.
“We have no evidence at this time, in the context of Internet pharmacies, that there are unsafe products going to the United States. It’s very clear that Canada’s safety record is second to none internationally.”
Patented prescription drugs are up to 50 percent cheaper in Canada due to price controls, nonexistent in the United States.
US clients choose medications on the Internet, then mail a prescription signed by their US doctor. A Canadian practitioner countersigns the prescription, the US consumer pays with a credit card and receives the drugs by mail.
Cheaper Canadian medications are in such high demand that bus trips across the border to buy bargain drugs have been organized in the United States.
Ironically, the products purchased in Canada are often made in the United States and exported to Canada.
Major pharmaceuticals such as Eli Lilly, Astra Zenca, Pfizer, and GlaxoSmithKline — frustrated by the loss of customers in the world’s most lucrative drug market — have begun limiting their deliveries to Internet pharmacies suspected of doing business in the United States.
Canadian medical associations have also decided to fight the cyber drug trade, forbidding their members to prescribe drugs to patients they have not examined.
“Some doctors have been censured. There will be an inquiry and they may be fined or be suspended,” said William Pope, spokesman for the College of Doctors at Manitoba, the central-western province where many Internet pharmacies are located.
Some say sales to the United States hurt Canadians by diminishing drug supplies and by luring pharmacists to Internet pharmacies, where salaries are higher.
The Coalition for Pharmacies in Manitoba sites a glaring shortage of pharmacies in provincial hospitals and communities.
But the provincial government, with an eye on the economic benefits of the commerce, does not agree, saying the Internet pharmacies create jobs.
Pharmaceutical firms are suggesting a solution: end price regulation in Canada which, they say, deprives the country of cash to invest in research and development. —AFP