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rachael67 posted:
Here are a few suggestions if you are having trouble paying for prescription medications:

Samples! The drug manufacturers often supply the doctors with free samples. So, if there is a med which requires a rx, ask your doctor if he/she has any samples. (I've known folks who have had to seldom buy quite expensive meds because the doc appreciated the position they were in financially.)

Fill your rx via the internet. BUT...don't pick just any ole site!! Fraud abounds!! Check with the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy ( ) to see which they recommend on their internet pharmacies web site.

The Caregivers Marketplace can help lower your costs. This program is run by the Hamacher Resource Group and delivers rebates on some products. (Not everything is covered, but it is a good place to check...

Some pharmacies have drug-discount programs. has a savings club for people not enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid. (Check with your pharmacy.) I also seem to recall that Costco has such a program, and you don't have to be one its members to access it.

Also, I have heard that many of the drug manufacturers have programs for those who might need their meds but can't afford them. Contact them directly.

Talk to the social worker at your nearby hospital as there may be places specific to your area of the country which provide help.

(Please add any other suggestions. Too many people struggle with this issue.)
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