Paying too much for Eliquis? Here is the help that we found.

Eliquis is a medication often prescribed to prevent blood clots and reduce the risk of stroke in patients with certain conditions. These conditions include atrial fibrillation (AFib), deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and pulmonary embolism (PE). Blood clots can be very dangerous, as they can travel to the brain, causing a stroke, or to the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism.  For people with these conditions, Eliquis can be a life-saving drug, but most patients often have trouble affording it. According to a report by Patients for Affordable Drugs, the price that most patients paid for blood thinners (including Eliquis) skyrotted during […]

Donate to Keep Us Talking

According to a September 2023 United States Census Bureau report, a staggering 26 million people are uninsured; per a January 2024 Forbes article, 43% of working-age adults are inadequately insured. Every month our helpline counselors answer 2,200+ calls from such vulnerable individuals seeking affordable healthcare. In their honor, this month, we’ve kicked off our Keep Us Talking fundraiser to ensure our helpline remains free of charge. This campaign isn’t just about a toll-free phone number; it’s about tearing down barriers that block the path to wellness: Limited finances Many individuals who utilize services like NeedyMeds are already facing financial hardship due […]

Falls in Older Adults

As I approach 70 years old, I find myself being more careful going down stairs and reaching out more often to catch my balance. Although I have not had a significant fall — unless I count when I’m mountain biking — I still worry about it like most older adults. More than 25% of adults aged 65 years or older fall each year, with one out of five falls resulting in a serious injury such as fractures of the hip, wrist, humerus, and pelvis, head and brain injury, chronic disabilities, and even death (36,000 in 2020). The risk increases with […]

Rural Hospital Closures: What That Means For You

Accessing essential healthcare is a challenge many low-income individuals face, especially for those living in rural areas where hospital closures have become a distressing trend. Around 200 rural hospitals have closed or cut services since 2005, as per data from the Sheps Center. Even more concerning, this trend shows no signs of slowing down.  Over 600 rural hospitals may close in the near future because they don’t make enough money to pay for the increasing cost of treating patients. The impact of these hospital closures on the communities they serve is nothing short of devastating. The repercussions of hospitals closing in […]

Your Cold and Flu Season Survival Guide

The following article has been reposted with the permission of the Know Your Dose campaign, a valued partner of our BeMedWise program. It goes by many names – cold and flu season, the “tripledemic,” and respiratory virus season are just a few. Whatever you call it, we know that the colder months and more time indoors mean that many of us will contract a cough, cold, or flu. If you or your loved ones do get sick and you’re using over-the-counter (OTC) medicines to treat your symptoms, there are a few things you should keep in mind to help your […]

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Welcome to the NeedyMeds Voice! We look forward to presenting you with timely, provocative pieces on healthcare reform, patient advocacy, medication and healthcare access, and other health-related news. Our goals are to educate, enlighten, and elucidate; together, we will try to make sense of the myriad and ongoing healthcare-related changes in the U.S. today.