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Steep Co-Pays May Cause Some to Abandon Prescriptions
Date:11/16/2010

nths and it will reduce your pain and help your body heal,' fewer people might abandon these medications," he said.

Plus, if cost is an issue for you, bring it up with your doctor ahead of time, he added. "Don't get blindsided at the pharmacy. Always ask your physician if there's a generic option, or if there's something cheaper that might work just as well. Sometimes people are embarrassed to say anything, but it's better to ask and get a medication you can afford.

"If you get to the pharmacy, and you can't afford the medication, follow up with your doctor or ask the pharmacist if there's a cheaper alternative," suggested Warda.

More information

For advice on reducing drug costs, visit the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

SOURCES: William Shrank, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School, and division of pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacoeconomics, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston; Douglas Warda, Pharm.D., director of pharmacy, ambulatory services, University of Chicago Medical Center; Nov. 16, 2010, Annals of Internal Medicine


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