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Ways to cut down your prescription drug costs


by Karin L. Nauber

It is a topic that has been in the news a lot lately—how to beat the high cost of prescription medications.

Well, unless you want to take a trip to Canada or Mexico or some other nation outside of the United States to get your medications cheaper, it’s a good idea to check out some ways to get them cheaper closer to home.

Having recently had a change in my own insurance, this topic is pretty important to me. Because I can’t afford insurance on my own or through the MnSure system and don’t qualify for Minnesota Care, I am forced to look at other options.

The cheapest insurance I could get was for around $650 a month with a $6500 co-pay. It paid horribly on medications, too, when it did pay.

Since my insulin and other diabetes medications alone cost over $1400 a month, I have to look at alternatives.

According to an April 8 article by Debra Fulghum Bruce, PhD, there are ways that you can lower the costs of your medications.

So, since I need and many of us need to lower our cost of medications, I began to do some research.

Because of the high cost of medications, some people have had to choose between buying groceries or paying the rent just so they can fill a prescription they need. Many have chosen to skip medications or reduce their own prescriptions so that they can still take medication, just not the prescribed amount. . . .

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