drugs http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/2042/all en-US Your Daily Dose of Caffeine May Be Hurting You http://www.wisebread.com/your-daily-dose-of-caffeine-may-be-hurting-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/your-daily-dose-of-caffeine-may-be-hurting-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/coffee-5465279-small.jpg" alt="coffee" title="coffee" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Over half of Americans over 18 <a href="http://www.statisticbrain.com/coffee-drinking-statistics/">drink at least one cup of coffee a day</a>, and <a href="http://www.fda.gov/downloads/drugs/resourcesforyou/consumers/buyingusingmedicinesafely/understandingover-the-countermedicines/ucm205286.pdf">over 90% of people in the world</a> (PDF) consume caffeine in one form or another. Caffeine is a favored stimulant, and one that many of us don&#39;t even think about using. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheapest-ways-to-get-your-caffeine-fix">Cheap Ways to Get Your Caffeine Fix</a>)</p> <p>We see caffeine as a safe choice &mdash; a good way to wake up, give ourselves energy when we need it, and help us keep working when we feel too tired and want to quit. We feel like it is a necessary, because otherwise we would be tired, lethargic, and unable to finish everything we feel like we need to get done.</p> <p>While it&#39;s rare to hear about caffeine killing anyone, we also shouldn&#39;t put anything into our bodies without thinking about it first. If you&#39;ve never considered your consumption of caffeine, or if you are struggling with issues like anxiety and dehydration, it might be time to think through some of the downsides of caffeine and decide whether you want to continue putting it in your body.</p> <h2>Dehydration</h2> <p>Coffee is a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diuretic">diuretic</a>, which means that it increases your urine output. This means that, when you consume it, you will lose more water than you would have otherwise. Unless you&#39;re conscientious about replenishing that water, <a href="http://www.health.arizona.edu/health_topics/nutrition/general/caffeine.htm">you could easily end up dehydrated</a>.</p> <p>Even minor dehydration can ruin your day, <a href="http://www.naturalnews.com/035062_dehydration_health_effects_moods.html">causing headaches, tiredness, and problems concentrating</a>. And major dehydration is a major deal, making it difficult for your body to function on <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/dehydration/DS00561/DSECTION=complications">many different levels</a>.</p> <h2>Curbs Hunger</h2> <p>In most people, drinking caffeine <a href="http://www.nurturepod.com/uncategorized/coffee-10-shocking-reasons-why-its-soooo-bad-for-you/">interferes with your body&#39;s hunger mechanisms</a>. You&#39;ll feel less hungry than you are. This is why many people who consume caffeine end up skipping meals, because they don&#39;t even recognize their own hunger.</p> <p>Anything that shuts down the body&#39;s normal ways of functioning should raise some questions. Sure, we can be vigilant, knowing that we need to feed our bodies even though we take in caffeine, but do we want to be changing the way our bodies interpret natural signals?</p> <h2>Withdrawal</h2> <p>Anyone who has ever tried to stop drinking caffeine can tell you that it sucks. <a href="http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/health-fitness/prevention/is-caffeine-bad-for-you?page=all">You feel tired, you get headaches</a>, and sometimes you just don&#39;t feel like your brain is functioning at optimum levels. These symptoms can last anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks.</p> <p>While the withdrawal itself is something you can survive if you&#39;re determined to leave caffeinated beverages behind, it&#39;s not something that anyone wants to deal with. Add to that the fact that caffeine causes withdrawal symptoms because your body is dependent on it, and you have to ask yourself if the stimulant is something you want in your body at all. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-kicky-drinks-without-the-caffeine">Kicky Drinks Without the Caffeine</a>)</p> <h2>Stress</h2> <p><a href="http://www.naturalnews.com/012352_caffeine_coffee.html">Even a small amount of caffeine can trigger a stress response</a>, raising levels of adrenaline and mimicking a stressful situation. If you&#39;re continually consuming caffeine, your body will always be functioning as if you are stressed. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/99-free-or-virtually-free-ways-to-de-stress">99 Free Ways to De-Stress</a>)</p> <p>Many people claim that coffee helps them jump start their days. However, what you&#39;re actually doing is giving yourself a small adrenaline rush every morning. Over time, this can contribute to adrenal fatigue. Even if that doesn&#39;t happen, though, most people would choose to be relaxed rather than stressed, even if they don&#39;t have quite as much energy.</p> <h2>Sleep Disturbance</h2> <p>Caffeine can disrupt your sleep for <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/travisbradberry/2012/08/21/caffeine-the-silent-killer-of-emotional-intelligence/">up to 24 hours after you consume it</a>. While most people don&#39;t feel like they are under caffeine&#39;s influence after a couple of hours, it is still in the body and still affects how you function. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-foods-that-can-help-you-sleep">Foods That Help You Sleep</a>)</p> <p>In most people, caffeine <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/travisbradberry/2012/08/21/caffeine-the-silent-killer-of-emotional-intelligence/">disrupts REM sleep</a>, which is the part of sleep where your body processes emotions and interprets your day. This may not seem important, but over many nights, the cumulative effect can be a hampered emotional intelligence. You may struggle with your own feelings or in interpreting and responding to the feelings of people around you. Since these are skills that make life smoother, you may notice a change in how you feel about the world, how much you can handle, or how even your emotions are.</p> <p>For young adults, recent research has shown that <a href="http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130924091323.htm">caffeine-induced sleep disturbances can slow brain development</a>. Caffeine really may &quot;stunt your growth.&quot;</p> <p>Whether you choose to continue consuming caffeine or not, knowing these downsides can help you if you do begin to feel like your body isn&#39;t functioning as well as you might like. While quitting caffeine can be hard, some people find that it frees them and helps them become more balanced &mdash; and like they don&#39;t have to take on the world.</p> <p><em>How much caffeine do you consume in a typical day?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-daily-dose-of-caffeine-may-be-hurting-you" class="sharethis-link" title="Your Daily Dose of Caffeine May Be Hurting You" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Food and Drink caffeine coffee drugs Mon, 28 Oct 2013 10:24:03 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1047581 at http://www.wisebread.com Making Money From Clinical Trials: Worth the Risk? http://www.wisebread.com/making-money-from-clinical-trials-worth-the-risk <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/making-money-from-clinical-trials-worth-the-risk" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000015627360Small.jpg" alt="Woman having her blood pressure taken" title="Woman having her blood pressure taken" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="164" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As a broke college student, the allure of a huge payday for a weekend of &quot;selling my body to science&quot; was all too appealing. My roommate and I saw an ad for a study that would pay $750 for participating over a weekend. We had all the time in the world, needed money, and figured it was a no-brainer, so we signed up.</p> <p>As it turns out, it was an early phase clinical trial for a migraine drug. In retrospect, I have my doubts whether the candidate ever made it to market, or at least at the dose we were subjected to. I was the lucky one &mdash; as I found out after the study, I received the placebo. My roommate got the good stuff. Shortly after an IV injection, he started to experience severe headaches, and then he threw up all over the place. This continued for some time and didn't subside until they dropped the dosing (which they administered every several hours). He was quite miserable. To make matters worse, we weren't allowed to talk to other people at the facility. They had some seemingly strange rules we never figured out. We joked that it was kind of like prison, but without the guards and shackles. We did have a PlayStation to pass the time, however, and it makes for some memorable conversation to this day. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-beat-a-killer-headache-with-stuff-you-have-around-the-house">9 Ways to Beat a Killer Headache</a>)</p> <h3>Is Making Money From a Clinical Trial Worth the Risk?</h3> <p>All clinical trials are different, and they shouldn't be condemned outright. First off, I work in biotech, and I'm fully aware that without human trials, we'd never see any innovative drugs introduced. Chances are, if you're reading this, you've been the beneficiary of some sort of medicine or cosmetic that underwent both animal and human testing.</p> <p>However, it's not something I'd recommend for my kids or other people looking to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-making-activities-you-can-do-today">earn extra money</a>. Like most things in life, the greater the risk, the greater you'd expect the pay to be. If you're testing out a cosmetic or you're a food taster, chances are you're not going to make nearly what you would in a medical clinical trial, where you're likely subjecting yourself to more risk. While it's rare, people do experience seriously adverse events and even death during clinical trials.</p> <p>During the enrollment period, you'll be asked to review and sign various documents. Some good pointers in this month's <a href="http://www.consumerreports.org">Consumer Reports</a> print edition include ensuring that you retain the right to sue for adverse effects and the right to withdraw at any time. I hadn't really thought of these things when I participated, and in retrospect, if my roommate tried to go home, I wonder if they would have forcibly detained him?</p> <h3>How to Find Clinical Trials</h3> <p>The most widely used (and legitimate) resource for clinical trial recruitment is through the registry at <a href="http://www.clinicaltrials.gov">clinicaltrials.gov</a>. However, often you'll also hear radio spots or see newspaper advertisements recruiting as well. As I recall, we found out about the trial through a campus newspaper ad. Word of mouth is another means to learn more about what the actual conditions and experiences were at the facility from people who already participated. If possible, it's ideal to find out what company is overseeing the trial and learn a bit about the facility in advance.</p> <p>Personally, I don't see myself ever participating in a clinical trial again, but in the name of scientific progress, the medical community will always need volunteers and compensate them accordingly.</p> <p><em>Have you ever participated in a clinical trial?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/making-money-from-clinical-trials-worth-the-risk" class="sharethis-link" title="Making Money From Clinical Trials: Worth the Risk?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/darwins-money">Darwins Money</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/career-and-income/extra-income">Extra Income articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Extra Income Health and Beauty drugs medical care part-time job testing Mon, 23 May 2011 10:24:20 +0000 Darwins Money 546184 at http://www.wisebread.com Generic Drug Price Lists For Six Major Pharmacies - Updated http://www.wisebread.com/generic-drug-price-lists-for-six-major-pharmacies <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/generic-drug-price-lists-for-six-major-pharmacies" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2211013618_23de659d1b.jpg" alt="pharmacy" title="pharmacy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I recently weaned myself completely off a medication. It was not because I wanted to, but rather my insurance changed and the new cost of the drug was way out of my budget. So I quit it. And my symptoms returned. It was at that point that I decided to research generic options for the drug.</p> <p>As it turns out, there was no exact generic equivalent, but a quick chat with my doctor revealed several options that would have the exact same effect, and these were available as generics. When I went to pick up my prescription, I was shocked at the price &mdash; it was 12 times cheaper than the original medication! And yes, it is working just the same (in fact, it's better...this one has less side effects than the name-brand drug).</p> <p>Now there are many articles pointing out that generic versions of drugs are not quite the same. I did ask my doctor about that, and he did indeed say that some generics are just not as good. The different formulation of the drug can make a difference to the way the body absorbs and processes the drug, and some have slightly different side effects. BUT, most are just as good as their name-brand, and very pricey, counterpart.</p> <p>Now, knowing this I figured the generics would be the same price wherever you go, but that's not the case. Every pharmacy out there has their own generic price list program, and where you pick up your drugs could make a big difference in the final price. Some lists have different drugs on them than others, and some pharmacies will ask for additional fees to get the low price for the generics, so SHOP AROUND. Why pay more for a drug than you have to?</p> <p>Here then, in no particular order, are the price lists of the six major pharmacies in the US. (I apologize if your pharmacy is not covered here, but do a quick search on Google and you should find a price list in seconds).</p> <p>Each link will take you to a printable price list for that pharmacy. Some prices vary by state.</p> <p><a href="http://i.walmart.com/i/if/hmp/fusion/genericdruglist.pdf"><strong>WALMART </strong>GENERIC&nbsp;DRUGS&nbsp;PRICE&nbsp;LIST</a><br /> 30-day supply - $4. <br /> 90-day supply - $10<br /> Membership required? NO</p> <p><a href="http://www.rxassist.org/providers/documents/TargetGenericsProgramDrugList.pdf"><strong>TARGET </strong>GENERIC&nbsp;DRUGS&nbsp;PRICE&nbsp;LIST</a><br /> 30-day supply - $4. <br /> 90-day supply - $10<br /> Membership required? NO</p> <p><a href="https://webapp.walgreens.com/MYWCARDWeb/pdf/Value-PricedGenericsList.pdf"><strong>WALGREENS </strong>GENERIC&nbsp;DRUGS&nbsp;PRICE&nbsp;LIST</a><br /> 30-day supply - $9.99. <br /> 90-day supply - $12.99<br /> Membership required? YES&nbsp;($20/year individual, $35/year family)</p> <p><a href="http://www.riteaid.com/www.riteaid.com/w-content/images/pharmacy/RxSavings_Directory.pdf"><strong>RITE-AID </strong>GENERIC&nbsp;DRUGS&nbsp;PRICE&nbsp;LIST</a><br /> 30-day supply - $8.99. <br /> 90-day supply - $15.99<br /> Membership required? NO</p> <p><a href="http://www.xenia.k12.oh.us/forms/Kroger%20$4%20list.pdf"><strong>KROGER </strong>GENERIC&nbsp;DRUGS&nbsp;PRICE&nbsp;LIST</a><br /> 30-day supply - $4. <br /> 90-day supply - $10<br /> Membership required? NO</p> <p><a href="http://www.cvs.com/CVSApp/images/promotions/landingpages/rx/rx08037_health_sav_pass/health_savings_pass_medicationlist.pdf"><strong>CVS </strong>GENERIC&nbsp;DRUGS&nbsp;PRICE&nbsp;LIST</a><br /> 30-day supply - N/A<br /> 90-day supply - $9.99<br /> Membership required? YES ($10/year per person)</p> <p>Remember, if your pharmacy isn't listed here, that doesn't mean they don't offer low-priced generics. Do a web search or ask your local pharmacist. And don't be afraid to get different prescriptions filled at different pharmacies.<em> UPDATE. As some readers have pointed out, there are possible issues that can arise from using different pharmacies for your prescriptions, BUT this doesn't have to be unsafe. As long as you take a list of all the medications you are taking with you to each pharmacy, they can see if there will be any interactions. This advice came from several oline sources and magazines, including Good Housekeeping and WebMD. </em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/generic-drug-price-lists-for-six-major-pharmacies" class="sharethis-link" title="Generic Drug Price Lists For Six Major Pharmacies - Updated" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/frugal-living/health-and-beauty">Health and Beauty articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Health and Beauty Insurance drugs drugstore health insurance medicaid prescription savings Mon, 05 Jul 2010 14:00:04 +0000 Paul Michael 162236 at http://www.wisebread.com The $5 Gadget That Can Save You Thousands of Dollars http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-gadget-that-can-save-you-thousands-of-dollars <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-gadget-that-can-save-you-thousands-of-dollars" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/31XKNN4RYGL._SL500_AA280_.jpg" alt="Pill splitter" title="Pill splitter" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="250" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Economically, times are still tough. And with healthcare being at the top of a long list of concerns about money, anyone taking medication should invest in a small gadget that can literally save you a small fortune every year. The gadget in question&hellip;a simple pill splitter.</p> <p>Recently I changed jobs and with the change came a rise in my healthcare costs, particularly for medication that I have to take. But never one to just accept the change and pay the extra price, I looked at my options.</p> <p>I wondered&hellip;could I just split a higher dose of the medication in half and get 60 days out of a 30-day supply? After all, when I was weaning myself off a medication a few years ago, my doctor instructed me to cut my pills in half. But instead of going down to a lower dosage, I could request a bigger dosage and simply chop it in half. Double the pills, half the price.</p> <p>The overall cost would be the same as before my insurance costs went up (actually, a tiny bit cheaper) and I&rsquo;d only have to pick up my meds once every two months.</p> <p>It couldn&rsquo;t be that easy, could it?</p> <p>Well, it turns out it really was that easy for me. I take a medication that can be safely cut in half and therefore it was the perfect option for me (more on that in a second). A medication with a $50 monthly co-pay becomes a $25 co-pay. That adds up to a healthy $300 per year savings. If I&rsquo;m on this for the rest of my life (I sure hope not) it would save me thousands and thousands of dollars.</p> <p>But even if it&rsquo;s just for another 3-4 years, that&rsquo;s still a savings of at least $1200 on what is basically the same medication. All it takes is a $4.99 pill splitter from your local drug store, or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000J195YM?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisebread07-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000J195YM">Amazon</a> if you prefer.</p> <p>If you take more than one medication per year, you can see how the savings start to add up quickly, especially if you have no insurance whatsoever. Some of these drugs cost hundreds of dollars per month, and if you can chop that in half, you&rsquo;re getting amazing savings.</p> <p><strong>So, are there any pills you can&rsquo;t split?</strong></p> <p>YES. This is a major aspect of pill splitting that you need to be aware of. Some drugs can be split safely with no problems at all (often, the pill will have a small groove down the center to facilitate the splitting process). Others CANNOT be split, as this could cause serious side effects. There are four main types of pills that can&rsquo;t be spilt safely, as noted by <a href="http://healthinsurance.about.com/od/prescriptiondrugs/a/splitting_pills.htm">About.com:Health Insurance</a></p> <blockquote><p><strong>Capsules</strong></p> <p>Capsules may contain a liquid, powder, or tiny pellets. If the capsule is split, the medication inside may spill and be impossible to divide evenly.</p> <p><strong>Extended-release medications</strong></p> <p>Extended-release, or long-acting medications, have coatings or ingredients that control how fast the drug is released from the pill. Splitting these tablets can destroy substances in the coating. This may result in too much of the drug being released at one time, which may cause dangerous side effects, or too little being released, which may cause your health condition to be poorly controlled.</p> <p><strong>Enteric-coated medications</strong></p> <p>Enteric-coated pills have a special coating to prevent the release of medication into your stomach. This is designed either to protect your stomach from the drug or to prevent the drug from being destroyed by the acids in your stomach.</p> <p><strong>Medications that require an exact dose</strong></p> <p>Some medications require that you get exactly the same dose each time you take it. Even very small deviations can cause problems. Cutting these pills could result in a dose that is too low to be helpful or a dose that is dangerously high. A good example of this is Coumadin (warfarin), a powerful blood thinner, which can cause excessive bleeding if you take too much, or allow blood clots to form if you take too little. Coumadin (warfarin) requires very accurate dosing and even a very slight difference in the cut halves can put you at risk for dangerous bleeding or clotting.</p> </blockquote> <p>So as you can see, if you don't check with your doctor first about pill-splitting, you could put your health in danger. Please, make an appointment to discuss your options, your GP will almost always be happy to help you save money and stay healthy.</p> <p>Even the insurance companies are getting in on this, with some now <a href="http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1P2-1628474.html">offering co-pay discounts for splitting your meds</a>. That's a saving on top of a saving.</p> <p>Bottom line, this is a safe and simple way to save yourself big bucks. If you're on a medication right now that can be doubled and split, you'll instantly cut the price of that medication in half. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000J195YM?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisebread07-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000J195YM">And all it takes a $5 gadget</a>.</p> <p><strong>Further reading:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_12079731">Cut pills split insurers</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/features/pill-splitting-when-is-it-safe-when-is-it-unsafe">Pill Splitting: When Is It Safe? When Is It Unsafe?</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.healthyplace.com/depression/antidepressants/divide-over-pill-splitting/menu-id-68/">The Divide Over Pill-Splitting</a></li> </ul> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-gadget-that-can-save-you-thousands-of-dollars" class="sharethis-link" title="The $5 Gadget That Can Save You Thousands of Dollars" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/frugal-living/health-and-beauty">Health and Beauty articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Health and Beauty benefits doctor drugs healhcare medication pharmacy prescriptions Wed, 27 Jan 2010 17:00:03 +0000 Paul Michael 4889 at http://www.wisebread.com Free Prescription Drugs for Those Who Qualify http://www.wisebread.com/free-prescription-drugs-for-those-who-qualify <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/free-prescription-drugs-for-those-who-qualify" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/generic%20drugs.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="200" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">Prescription drugs are expensive. While generics do offer some relief, if you have to have several filled, your pharmacy bill can add up fast.<span> </span>Here are a few free prescription promotions to assist a limited number of patients in the U.S. &ndash; But hurry!<span> </span>Some of these offers expire soon!</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>The Blues</strong> &ndash; Several Blues health insurance plans are offering to waive the co-pays on hundreds of generic prescriptions over the next few months as part of an initiative to educate consumers on their effectiveness. While I don&rsquo;t have the exhaustive list of which Blue Cross Blue Shield plans are participating in a no-copay program, here are a few more notable promotions:</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Prescription drugs are expensive. While generics do offer some relief, if you have to have several filled, your pharmacy bill can add up fast.<span> </span>Here are a few free prescription promotions to assist a limited number of patients in the U.S. &ndash; But hurry!<span> </span>Some of these offers expire soon!</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>The Blues</strong> &ndash; Several Blues health insurance plans are offering to waive the co-pays on hundreds of generic prescriptions over the next few months as part of an initiative to educate consumers on their effectiveness. While I don&rsquo;t have the exhaustive list of which Blue Cross Blue Shield plans are participating in a no-copay program, here are a few more notable promotions:</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>BCBS of Nebraska</em> &ndash; The <a href="http://www.genericsfromneblues.com/pdfs/Flyer_General_Use_Marketing_Version.pdf">health insurer</a> is waiving the copay and coinsurance on generic prescriptions filled between January 1, 2008 and March 31, 2008.<span> </span>That&rsquo;s 3 months of free prescriptions for their customers!</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>Independence</em><em> Blue Cross</em> &ndash; The Southern PA insurer led the way with its successful <a href="http://www.ibx.com/news_events/announcements/nopay_copay/index.html">No Pay Copay program</a> for generic drugs.<span> </span>This program is scheduled to end December, 31, 2007.<span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>BCBS of North Carolina</em> &ndash; While we don&rsquo;t have all the details, <a href="http://www.onlinepressroom.net/bcbsnc/">the company</a> announced that, <span class="searchblurb">beginning </span>January 1, 2008, it is waiving the co-payment for some generic drugs and lowering the cost of 40 brand-name drugs.<span> </span>The health care company's waiver will apply specifically to all generic drugs -- such as Zocor, Norvasc and Glucophage -- that treat congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Publix and Meijer</strong> &ndash; Those of us without insurance, or who are not currently with a Blues plan, can take advantage of <a href="http://www.publix.com/freeantibiotics/">free generic antibiotics</a> filled through <a href="http://store.publix.com/publix/">Publix pharmacies</a>. The covered prescriptions include:<span> </span>Amoxicillin, Cephalexin, Sulfamethoxazole/Trimethoprim (SMZ-TMP), Ciprofloxacin (excluding ciprofloxacin XR), Penicillin VK, Ampicillin, and Erythromycin (excluding Ery-Tab).<span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">While some public health officials are upset about the program, claiming that Publix is contributing to the progression of antibiotic-resistant diseases, Publix is using its own statistics to justify the program. &ldquo;These antibiotics account for almost 50 percent of the generic, pediatric prescriptions filled at Publix. New or current customers simply need to provide their Publix pharmacist with their prescription, up to a 14-day supply, and it will be filled at no charge. Publix is not limiting the number of prescriptions customers may fill for free.&rdquo;<span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.meijer.com/content/content_leftnav_manual.jsp?pageName=free_antibiotics">Meijer</a> is also participating in a similar program.<span> </span><a href="http://www.meijer.com/custserv/store_locator.jsp">See this list</a> of store locations.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">While these cost-saving programs aren&rsquo;t going to help everyone, it seems to be a step in the right direction.<span> </span>Do you know of a free prescription promotion that we missed?<span> </span>Email us at <a href="mailto:tips@wisebread.com">tips@wisebread.com</a> and let us know!<span> </span>Here&rsquo;s to your health!</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-prescription-drugs-for-those-who-qualify" class="sharethis-link" title="Free Prescription Drugs for Those Who Qualify" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Health and Beauty drugs freebies generic pharmacy Sat, 29 Dec 2007 15:53:17 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1555 at http://www.wisebread.com Being asthmatic just got more expensive http://www.wisebread.com/being-asthmatic-just-got-more-expensive <p><img src="/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/albuterol.jpg" alt=" " width="201" height="158" /></p> <p>Feeling wheezy? Asthma attack coming on? Reaching for that inhaler? Let&#39;s stop and think about the CPP (cost per puff). Oh, it may not seem like much now, but that will all change soon. </p> <p>The cost of an albuterol inhaler is going to <a href="http://www.slate.com/id/2163402?nav=tap3">nearly triple</a>, due to the repatenting of the propellant used in the most common drugs used to reduce the inflamation associated with an asthma attack.</p> <p>Traditionally, the propellant used in most inhalers (and many other day-to-day items and appliances) were <a href="http://www.ciesin.columbia.edu/TG/OZ/cfcozn.html">CFCs</a>, which were found to be detrimental to the ozone. Although CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) were phased out of other products, they remain in prescription inhalers. That&#39;s all about to change, however, and the new propellant, <a href="http://www.pharmcast.com/Patents/032100OG/6039932_Aerosol032100.htm">HFA-134a</a>, has been used in part to <a href="http://www.pharmcast.com/Patents100/Yr2004/Mar2004/033004/6713047_Aerosol033004.htm">re-patent the inhaler</a> design, which went generic (and became affordable) back in 1989.</p> <p>For people with decent health insurance, this doesn&#39;t mean much, but for people who pay out-of-pocket for medicine, this is going to be a big hit in the wallet. The difference between $13.50 and $39.50 is striking, especially for people who use more than one inhaler per month.</p> <p>As Sydney Spiesel from Slate.com says:</p> <p class="blockquote">This makes me wonder about the balance of harms—what are the consequences of the CFCs dumped in the atmosphere by 52 million puffers compared with the asthmatics who will no longer able to pay for their medication? I don&#39;t know much about the contribution of asthma puffers to the atmospheric burden, but I have strong suspicions about the effects of the financial burden. The hike to $39.50 will cost about $1.35 billion more a year. That could mean less for daily necessities for some people without insurance, and less of other medications or care for some of the insured. </p> <p>I&#39;m not saying that you&#39;ll be better off going up to Canada or down to Mexico to purchase your inhalers in bulk, but... oh, wait. Yes, that is exactly what I am saying.</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/being-asthmatic-just-got-more-expensive" class="sharethis-link" title="Being asthmatic just got more expensive" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Health and Beauty Insurance albuterol asthma bronchodialaters CFCs drugs generic Health inhaler lungs medicine patent propellants puffer Wed, 04 Apr 2007 19:22:55 +0000 Andrea Karim 455 at http://www.wisebread.com