The cost of many prescription and over the counter drugs, specifically generics, has declined in recent years. I give full credit to Wal-Mart for this wonderful price reduction. When they introduced prescription drugs for $4 / month, everyone thought they were crazy. Now every major drug retailer has followed there lead and has a similar program in place. No federal government program was needed to bring down the costs, just a great retailer like Wal-Mart. (As a side note - it amazes me that Mayor Menino wants to keep Wal-Mart out of Boston. Apparently his union supporters take precedent over low cost, life saving medicine for the citizens of Boston.)
However, prescription drugs that maintain their patent protection are still very expensive. Methods to cut cost are not so apparent. Nevertheless, I recently heard of a method that in some cases can cut and individual’s drug cost in half. Furthermore, it is so simple; I am ashamed it never had crossed my mind. The process is as follows: simply ask your doctor to prescribe to you two times the required dose of the drug you need. Then, simply cut the pill in half. The single pill becomes two pills and you get twice the drugs for usually the same price. My understanding is that most drugs cost the same amount regardless of their dosage. If you need 30 milligrams of a drug once per day, ask for a 60 milligrams prescription. Obviously, you need to confirm with your doctor that this is an option and will not reduce the efficacy of the drug. For certain drugs, i.e. those in capsule form, extended release, etc. it is not an effective option. However if the doctor agrees that the drug can be split without reducing efficacy, it may be worth a try.
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