Monday, July 13, 2009

Saving Money on Prescription Drugs

Consumer Reports magazine has sponsored a free website to provide information on various medical conditions, treatments and prescription drugs used to treat them. Their recommendations are based on the safety, effectiveness and cost of the drugs. To obtain this information, go to their website at: You can print out multi-page in-depth reports or 2 page summaries, available in English and Spanish. Their AdWatch feature gives you “the rest of the story” regarding drug ads on TV. For example, the ad for Boniva, osteoporosis drug, does not tell you that generic forms of the drug cost only 1/10th the amount of money and are just as effective. Other health information includes the symptoms, diagnosis, incidence and treatments for 35 medical conditions. So find out the facts behind different treatments for conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, depression, Alzheimer’s and many more. You could save thousands of dollars per year! Another way to save money on prescriptions drugs is to make lifestyles changes such as healthier eating, weight management and increased physical activity. A major factor in many chronic diseases, especially diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol is weight. You may be able to decrease or eliminate some medications by making these lifestyle changes, thus saving money on healthcare costs.

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