A new study from the National Center for Health Statistics has found that 8% of Americans don’t take their medicines as prescribed because they cannot afford them. Nearly 20% of prescriptions never get filled. Approximately 15% of respondents reported asking their doctors for a lower-cost alternative, and 2% admitted to having bought prescription drugs from another country. With 82% of Americans being prescribed at least one prescription medication, the numbers can become alarming for anyone.
In previous blog posts we have discussed the lengths people will go to save money, such as spending less ongroceries or entertainment, relying more on credit cards, postponing paying other bills, or applying for government assistance. Others took more dangerous measures, such as putting off a doctor’s visit, declining a test, delaying a procedure, or cutting dosages without first talking to a doctor or pharmacist.
No one should have to sacrifice their health due to a lack in finances. For those unable to afford their medications, NeedyMeds has an extensive database of Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs). NeedyMeds also has information on Coupons and Rebates that can help lower the cost of necessary medications. For those without any prescription coverage, the NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card saves 0-80% on any prescribed medication. A plastic card can be ordered online or requested by calling our toll-free helpline at 800-503-6897, or a printable version can be found on our website as well as a smartphone app on Apple and Android devices. If you would like to add your voice to those calling for affordable medicines for all, sign the Access Our Medicine declaration.
It is very sad that we as Americans pay the highest pharmaceutical costs in the world. Other countries set caps as to what can be charged, we do not. Is that perhaps because pharmaceutical companies are allowed to donate to campaign pockets? Or should we just call it selective genocide set in place? Think about the cost of insulin to our type 2 diabetics. Now throw in a type 2 diabetic on Medicare!! There is no pharmaceutical copay assistance programs for those who are on Part D. And yet these people generally cannot go out and acquire a job to help with affordability. How do I know this? I spend a great majority of my time trying to find assistance programs for people on Medicare.If someone out there can find a program for Humalog 75/25 that does not exclude Medicare Part D eligible, I would be grateful.
Personally, I think our government needs to truly start being FOR THE PEOPLE!