excessive amounts for some prescription drugs, while overseas patients
pay substantially less for the same medications. And seniors are
frequently hosed for drugs that help keep them alive. A seven-state
congressional study in 1998 concluded that of the 10
best-selling brand-name drugs, older Americans paying for their own
prescriptions pay more than double the price paid by big insurance
companies, HMOs and others that get a deal from the industry. A
separate study found that of the 10 most widely used drugs by
seniors, Americans pay 81% more than Canadians!
drug makers use sweetheart deals and stalling
tactics to keep cheaper generic drugs from reaching the market.
They rob Americans of billions of dollars.
What do they do with those billions of our dollars? For one thing,
someone's got to pay for the barrage of advertising created to ramrod
new drugs into our lives. You can't sit through one evening of TV without being
bombarded by the "ask your doctor" drug commercials.
More heartbreaking, Congressman Bernard Sanders (I-VT) proves that the
pharmaceutial industry continues to FLEECE AMERICANS AND POCKET MORE
PURE PROFIT THAN ANY OTHER INDUSTRY. In fact, they
spend millions on lobbying against serious prescription drug
enough to make you sick.
Since you have to pay through the
nose for you meds, why not pay less if you can. Here are some
sites that help you compare drug prices:
Drug Comparison and Prescription Drug
NOTE: Be aware
that buying medicines and medical products online requires vigilance on
your part. The FDA has tips
and warnings for consumers so you're aware of the dangers that
lurk on the web.
For those who can't afford sky-high drug prices, these sites help you
obtain prescription drugs for free:
Rx Free Drug Program
Directory of Prescription
Drug Patient Assistance Programs (from PhRMA)
Medication for indigent patients
for low income and elderly
Meds for Low-Income Pain Patients
Prescription Drug Assistance Programs
NeedyMeds lists 176
The Medicine Program
information provided on this site is designed to inform you and support,
not replace, your relationship with your doctor.
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