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Saving on Rx drugs -- risks and deals

Saving on Rx drugs -- risks and deals

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A recent study found that 85 percent of Web sites that sold prescription drugs directly to consumers didn’t require a doctor’s prescription. That’s frightening, especially when you consider the dangers of prescription drug abuse and fake pills.

The Attorney General’s Office has a new Prescription Drug Pricing site to help consumers choose affordable meds. It includes links to resources like the Washington Prescription Drug Program, which saves members an average of 43 percent ($25.34) per prescription.

For those who plan to shop online, the folks at GovGab, a blog maintained by the U.S. General Service Administration’s Office of Citizen Services and Communications, offer these tips:

  • Check out the recommended pharmacies on the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy site.
  • Don't buy from sites that sell prescription drugs without a prescription or that sell drugs not approved by the FDA. Read the FDA's guide.
  • Only buy from sites that have a pharmacist available to answer your questions.
  • Only shop sites based in the U.S. It’s against the law to buy prescription drugs from other countries. It may also be unsafe.
  • Talk to your doctor or clinic before using any medicine for the first time.
  • When you receive your medication, you might want to verify that it’s the right pill by searching for its image in the Drug Digest database.

Posted by AGO Blog Moderator at 07/15/2008 04:48:36 PM | 

Many of these sources ae not legal or safe. Most people don't know this.
Posted by: Jerry K ( Email ) at 11/6/2009 3:05 PM

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