How do we save money on our prescription drug bill?

A New Year’s manifesto in the war on prescription drug waste

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Drug bust by Alan Cassels.

People ask Alan Cassels: how do we save money on our prescription drug bill?
His short answer is: do not pay for drugs:

  • that are higher cost drugs when there are lower cost drugs that are equally as effective.
  • that are the newest, most shiny drug when there is an older, safer equivalent.
  • which are useless.
  • with black box warnings if there are alternatives.
  • that have no proof they will actually help you.
  • that are likely to make a patient feel worse even if it makes your doctor or caregiver feel better to give it to you.
  • prescription-only when there are equally effective over-the-counter drugs.
  • that are likely to lead to additional problems, thus requiring more drugs to deal with the side effects of the drugs you’re currently taking.
  • when there are equally effective non-drug alternatives.
  • if they haven’t been tested or approved for the disease you have.
  • out of ignorance.
  • when you’re already taking too many.

Read The “12 Principles of Don’t Pay”, A New Year’s manifesto in the war on prescription drug waste, by Alan Cassels, commonground, 2015/01/12.

Author: DES Daughter

Activist, blogger and social media addict committed to shedding light on a global health scandal and dedicated to raise DES awareness.

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