It may not feel like it, but per capita U.S. prescription drug spending has dropped for the first time ever:
Americans’ per capita spending on prescription drugs fell last year for the first time on record, according to a report released Thursday by the IMS Institute For Healthcare Informatics firm headquartered in Danbury, Conn., which . . . → Read More: U.S. Prescription Drug Spending Per Capita Drops… For the First Time
If not, read on for how much money you could be saving with a little legwork:
CVS charges $150 for a monthly prescription of the generic version of the cholesterol drug Lipitor. The same drug goes for $17 at Costco.
That’s according to a recent Consumer Reports nationwide survey that sent secret shoppers to 200 . . . → Read More: Are You Shopping Around For Your Prescription Drugs Yet?
If the price of your generic drugs has been bouncing around lately, it looks like you’re not alone:
Wanda Ferrin fills her husband’s prescription for the generic antibiotic doxycycline at a Target in Simi Valley. For years, the medication has cost her $6 a month.
In February, however, the price tripled to $18 for 30 . . . → Read More: Is There Any Rhyme or Reason to Generic Drug Pricing?
Generics for a fistful of major prescription drugs like Lipitor, Singulair, and Plavix became available in the last year. So why is your doctor still prescribing you a brand-name drug when a generic drug is available?
Eight in 10 prescriptions are filled with generics rather than brand-name drugs these days.
The generics are usually inexpensive. . . . → Read More: Why Is Your Doctor Still Prescribing You a Brand-Name Drug?
At almost $115 a pop, it’s probably no surprise that we get lots of questions about trying to find cheaper, more affordable sources for the Flovent diskus. If you have asthma, the Flovent diskus is one of the most commonly-prescribed treatments, but unfortunately, it’s also very pricey.
The bad news is that GlaxoSmithKline’s patents . . . → Read More: Finding Cheaper, More Affordable Flovent… Somehow
We have to say that this site is pretty nifty. GoodRx.com is a free site which can help you comparison shop for the best prices for your prescription drugs in the area. Punch in the name of the drug that you need and your city and state (or zip code), and GoodRx will spit out . . . → Read More: Link of the Day: GoodRx.com Can Help Your Compare Prescription Drug Prices
If you have diabetes, this is very good generic drug news. A U.S. District Court drug has ruled that Watson Pharmaceuticals will be allowed to start selling its version of generic Actos, starting immediately.
Even though two generic manufacturers already sell generic Actos in the U.S., the FDA had granted them exclusivity in the market, . . . → Read More: More Generic Actos To Hit Market… Will Prices Finally Come Down?
We get a a lot of questions about AstraZeneca’s blockbuster asthma drug the Pulmicort Flexhaler. We constantly get questions from asthma-sufferers about “When will Pulmicort Flexhalers go generic?”, “Why can’t I buy generic Pulmicort Flexhalers yet?” and “Where can I find affordable, generic Pulmicort Flexhalers?
Well, unfortunately for asthma-suffers, the Pulmicort Flexhaler patents do not . . . → Read More: Generic Drugs: When Will Generic Pulmicort Flexhalers Be Available in the U.S.?
Huge news if you have high cholesterol. The Meijer retail chain is now offering the generic version of Lipitor for free. From their press release:
In an effort to help families be heart healthy, this week Midwest retailer Meijer began offering the generic substitute for Lipitor®* (atorvastatin calcium) for free in all 199 Meijer pharmacies.
. . . → Read More: Meijer Pharmacies Will Offer Generic Lipitor for FREE!
HUGE generic drug approval bulletin today. If you or a loved one are a cancer patient receiving chemotherapy, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the a generic versions of the very popular Neupogen (filgrastim) which boosts the production of infection-fighting white blood cells in certain cancer patients receiving chemotherapy.
According to the Mayo . . . → Read More: Generic Drug News: FDA Approves Generic Version of Neupogen