Thursday, June 18, 2015

Medication Costs Skyrocket

An analysis by Express Scripts in March, 2015 showed that many patients in the U.S. spend $50,000 per year or more for medications.  One of the key factors is specialty meds.  For example, the new Hepatitis C drug, Sovaldi, which is very effective, costs $1000 a pill and must be taken daily for 3 months.  Even if you have insurance that pays for drugs, the portion of the bill that you are responsible for can be extremely expensive.  Half of elderly patients take 10 prescriptions or more. I have noticed that many doctors who give CME lectures are required to disclose that they hold stock in Big Pharma.  It really pays to lead a healthy lifestyle to stay well, and to take nutritional supplements instead of drugs whenever you can.

Reported in the Toledo Blade, May 18, 2015.



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