Tag: prescription drugs

Doctors Prescribe Too Many Medications

This blog post originally appeared on Zaggocare.org

Medications save lives and make life more bearable for millions of people. No doubt about it. But medications can also cause harm. Logically, the more medications a patient takes, the higher the risk of side effects and dangerous interactions between medications. Did you know many patients take inappropriate or unnecessary medications? Unfortunately, over-prescribing is a widespread, dangerous problem in the US, especially for older patients (categorized as those 65+ years old). Why do doctors prescribe too many medications? What harm does it cause? And what can patients do?

An extensive report by the Lown Institute examines the impact of over-prescribing in older patients. Their report states that the US “is in the grips of an unseen epidemic of harm from the excessive prescribing of medications.” This important, often overlooked issue may impact your health, or the health of a loved one.

What are the dangers associated with medications?

Although medications are designed to help patients, they can also cause health issues. All medications have

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Medication Costs on the Rise

Last month, we posted a blog about how many Americans are spending more than $50,000 or even $100,000 a year on medications—more  people than ever before. The information included insured Americans and found that insurance covered an average of 97% of prescription costs for those spending at least $50,000. At NeedyMeds, there are many assistance programs for those who are in need.  However, even with new laws and regulations there are those stuck in between.

There are patients in America that make too much money to qualify for assistance but still not enough to pay all their medical bills.  Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs) and non-profit organizations often have limits to how much income a person or family makes in a year to be eligible for their services.  Good jobs and good insurance can still leave patients paying huge amounts for prescribed medications.

Some medications for serious or chronic diseases such as lupus can cost $2500 per dose. Even with insurance that pays 80% of the drug price there is a $450 out-of-pocket payment, which does not include monthly insurance premiums or other medical costs.  One hepatitis

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Saving on the Cost of Drugs with Coupons and Rebates

Here at NeedyMeds we are dedicated to finding as many savings programs on medications and healthcare as possible. One of the primary sources of assistance we list are Patient Assistance Programs. These programs are usually offered by pharmaceutical companies and other organizations to provide medications at little to no cost. Many people, however, do not qualify for these programs because their income is too high or they are insured. Knowing this we began to collect information on coupons, rebates and other offers for medications. Our listing started fairly small but has grown considerably. We currently list over 1,600 coupons, rebates and other offers.

Each listing we post is for a brand name medication, including both over-the-counter and prescription medications. The offers vary and include printable coupons and rebates, savings cards, 7-30 day free trial offers, and free samples. Each program is different – some are as simple as printing out the coupon while others require registration, questionnaires, or obtaining a free sample through your doctor.

Finding a coupon or other offer is easy. We list each offer on

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Qualifying with Medication Co-Pay Assistance for Specialty Medications

This post was written by Sandy Hope, Funding Specialist, and Justine Dolorfino, Social Media Specialist & Communications at Diplomat.

Did you know that foundations and grants exist that may help patients afford their important specialty and limited-distribution medications?

Getting started with co-pay assistance

Each foundation has designated disease states or medical conditions that they support. Some diagnoses can be covered by several foundations. Others are only supported by one or two foundations. This can make it more difficult to find funding for some medical conditions because of a lack of funds available or because there is not enough funding for certain diagnoses.

In addition, some foundations are diagnosis and drug specific. This means that in order to qualify for funding, the diagnosis and drug prescribed must both be supported by the foundation. As part of the application process, the prescribing physician is required to complete and sign a section of the foundation’s application verifying the diagnosis and drug(s) prescribed.

What are some other factors that are considered?

Most foundations will consider the household

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