generic drugs http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/8435/all en-US The Cheapest Place to Buy Generic Drugs http://www.wisebread.com/the-cheapest-place-to-buy-generic-drugs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-cheapest-place-to-buy-generic-drugs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2457789657_0c8fa02717_z.jpg" alt="prescription" title="prescription" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="197" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you've been buying generic medicine at a major convenience store, you might want to explore other options.</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Live-Chemical-Free-26294537">RELATED:&nbsp;How to Live Chemical-Free</a></p> <p>A recent <a target="_blank" href="http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2013/05/same-generic-drug-many-prices/index.htm">Consumer Reports survey</a> revealed people can pay up to 447% or $749 more on generic medicine at the highest-priced pharmacy, compared to the lowest. Costco had the cheapest prices, while CVS, Rite Aid, and Target had the most expensive prices for generic drugs.</p> <p>The reason why generic drugs are priced so low in Costco is that the discount chain relies on the lower prices to attract customers who will shop for other goods, while stores like CVS and Rite Aid depend on the pharmacy as their main source of income, Stephen W. Schondelmeyer, Ph.D., Pharm.D., a professor of pharmacy economics at the University of Minnesota, tells <b>Consumer Reports</b>.</p> <p>Read on for the breakdown of the lowest- to highest-priced stores.</p> <p>Here is the list of stores ranked in order of the lowest to highest prices, according to the consumer watchdog:</p> <ol> <li>Costco</li> <li>HealthWarehouse.com</li> <li>Familymeds.com</li> <li>Sam's Club</li> <li>Independent pharmacies</li> <li>Kmart</li> <li>Walmart</li> <li>Walgreens</li> <li>Grocery stores</li> <li>Target</li> <li>Rite Aid</li> <li>CVS</li> </ol> <p>Of course, if you have insurance that will cover the cost of the drugs, the price difference may not be that much between the stores. But that might not always be the case, so be sure to comparison shop before you make the purchase. Sometimes the cost of buying a generic medicine out of pocket at Costco may be lower than your insurance copay, according to some redditors <a target="_blank" href="http://www.reddit.com/r/Frugal/comments/1bleik/cvs_charges_133_more_than_costco_for_generic_drug/">in a thread</a> discussing the study.</p> <p>If you are paying out of pocket, it only makes sense to shop at the store that provides the lowest prices. The amount you can save buying medicine can be quite hefty. Shoppers in the study found that a generic Lipitor at Costco costs around $17, while CVS would sell it for $150.</p> <p>And don't forget to also ask for a better price. The consumer magazine says:</p> <blockquote><p>Our analysis showed that shoppers didn't always receive the lowest available price when they called the pharmacy. Sometimes they were given a discounted price, and other times they were quoted the list price. Be sure to explain&mdash;whether you have insurance or not&mdash;that you want the lowest possible price. Our shoppers found that student and senior discounts may also apply, but again, you have to ask.</p> </blockquote> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Are you paying an extreme markup on your generic prescription? Check out this list to find out. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com" style="border:none;"><img width="300" height="95" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. 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Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-save-on-prescriptions">9 Ways to Save on Prescriptions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-gadget-that-can-save-you-thousands-of-dollars">The $5 Gadget That Can Save You Thousands of Dollars</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/generic-drug-price-lists-for-six-major-pharmacies">Generic Drug Price Lists For Six Major Pharmacies - Updated</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-cheap-treatments-for-year-round-allergies">7 Cheap Treatments for Year-Round Allergies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/generic-drugs-not-always-the-same">Generic Drugs: Not Always The Same?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty drugstore generic drugs pharmacy prescriptions Tue, 09 Apr 2013 09:36:44 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 973341 at http://www.wisebread.com Generic Drugs: Not Always The Same? http://www.wisebread.com/generic-drugs-not-always-the-same <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/generic-drugs-not-always-the-same" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/generic-drugs.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the world of prescription drugs, generic equivalents have been a financial blessing for many patients, saving them millions, if not billions, of dollars each year. For the most part, they perform the same function as brand name drugs at a fraction of the cost. A recent article in the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/19/health/19patient.html?hpw">New York Times</a>, however, has indicated that some generic drugs might not work as well as their brand name counterparts.</p> <p>The evidence thus far, however, has been largely anecdotal. People have reported on various websites, including <a href="http://peoplespharmacy.com/">People&rsquo;s Pharmacy</a>, that when they switched to generic drugs, either they did not work as well or they experienced adverse side effects. The take home message from all of this is that not all drugs are created equally, and generic equivalents might in fact not do as good of a job at alleviating ones&rsquo; symptoms.</p> <p>This is of particular concern when the medication involves ailments whose side effects can seriously affect a person&rsquo;s health, including the fields of cardiology and neurology. In fact, the American Academy of Neurology has gone so far as to say that they are not in favor of generic substitutes for certain anticonvulsant drugs (for treating epilepsy) without proper physician&rsquo;s approval.</p> <p>The issue, to say the least, is controversial. The insurance industry is particularly supportive of generic drugs and often insists that they be used (or else incur a penalty in the form of higher co-payments), and the <a href="http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/UnderstandingGenericDrugs/ucm167991.htm">Food and Drug Administration</a>&nbsp;(FDA) as well as the American Medical Association (AMA) both agree that generic drugs work just as well as brand names. But there are an increasing number of incidences that seem to tell a different story, and the growing wave of concern is causing the field of medicine to take notice.</p> <p>Generic drugs are essentially a cheaper alternative to brand name medications. When a new drug hits the market, it maintains patent protection for twenty years. When the patent expires, other drug makers can rush into the market and sell the drug at a lower price.</p> <p>According to the FDA, the generic equivalent must have &ldquo;the same active ingredient, dosage form, and strength,&rdquo; as its brand name counterpart, though not necessarily identical. It must also be bioequivalent, which means that it must result in blood levels of the active ingredient that are very similar to the brand name drug.</p> <p>To be considered bioequivalent, the generic drug must achieve blood serum levels that are 80% to 125% of the reference level, a range that some experts feel is too wide and might possibly result in the reduced absorption, and thus effectiveness, of a drug. This is especially important when treating heart conditions and seizures.</p> <p>Interestingly, the differences might even be of concern when switching from one generic brand to another, and the patient might not even be aware of the change due to the fact that pharmacists are not obligated to inform them of it.</p> <p>For now, there have not been any well established clinical studies that offer concrete evidence that generic drugs are in fact less effective, and experts contend that in most instances, generic drugs work just fine.</p> <p>If you have concerns, speak with your physician. If you have questions about the brand or makeup of your medication, discuss your concerns with your pharmacist of insurer.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is a post from our sister blog, <a href="http://healthcarehacks.com">Healthcare Hacks</a>. 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Well into winter weather, I’m still sniffling and sneezing up a storm. The allergy medication my doctor prescribed to me is only available through my insurance at $60 a month. If you too are unwilling or unable to budget more than $700 a year on allergy medication, read on for frugal solutions to help treat your allergies.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Generic Drugs</strong><br />Many name-brand prescription and over-the-counter drugs have generic counterparts. For example, the generic name for Claritin is Loratadine; the generic name for Zyrtec is Cetirizine Hydrochloride (HCI); the generic name for Sudafed is Pseudoephedrine HCI. These names are of the active ingredients contained in name-brand drugs. Generics are often sold under store brands – for example, generic Claritin at Walgreens is called Wal-itin. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">To combat the symptoms of my allergies, I make sure I have three types of generic medication on hand: an antihistamine (like Claritin or Zyrtec), a decongestant (like Sudafed), and an instant decongestant spray (something like Affrin). Generally, I take an antihistamine every day to keep my allergic reactions to a minimum. I take decongestants when I find myself getting stuffed up. And I keep the spray on hand for those times when I’m so congested I can’t breathe through my nose at all.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Generics drugs are a cost-effective way to treat allergies when they’re particularly bad, but sometimes taking pills can be hard on my system. Luckily, there are more natural ways to find relief.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>A Neti Pot</strong><br />Neti pots are a tool used in nasal irrigation – running water through your sinuses to clean them out. Unlike getting water up your nose when you swim, using a neti pot doesn’t hurt or sting in any way. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">To begin, you mix a saline solution (salt and water) and fill the neti pot with it. You place the spout of the pot in one nostril, bend down and tilt your head to one side. The liquid runs through your sinuses and drips out the other nostril. This is an Ayurvedic technique used commonly in India to clear the sinuses of mucus and allergens and improve breathing. Because it’s a chemical-free process, you can use a neti pot several times a day to find relief from congestion. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">I purchased my neti pot from the local health food store, but you can also order them online. My neti pot came with packets of saline powder to mix with water, but the ingredients in the powder are sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and sodium chloride (salt), ingredients you can find at home. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">You can watch an instructional video on using the neti pot <a href="http://www.himalayaninstitute.org/NetiPot/NetiPotInstructions.aspx">here</a>. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">The neti pot can take some getting used to, but it’s worth it. Used regularly, the neti pot can help prevent congestion or recurring sinusitis.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Honey</strong><br />In the summer months, I go out of my way to eat local honey every day. Though lacking in scientific study, many people believe that eating local honey is a homeopathic way to treat allergies. The idea is that by ingesting honey from the same plants that cause your allergies, your body builds up a tolerance to those particular pollens. This is the same idea used in vaccinations – that a small amount of something can help the body ward off a larger illness. </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><strong>D</strong></em><em><strong>isclaimer</strong></em> – honey is not suitable for children under the age of one due to the risk of botulism. Some people may have an allergic reaction to the honey itself. It’s best to start with a small amount of local honey every day and work your way up, if you’re concerned about your reaction. However, if you’re like me and use honey regularly anyway, you might make a conscious effort to have a tablespoon or so of local honey every day, spring through fall. (It’s a delicious routine.) Local honey is generally available at your local health food store or farmer’s market. The bottles will be marked with the location of the apiary where it was made. The closer to you, the better.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Wash Your Pets</strong><br />If you’ve got both allergies and pets, you probably know enough to keep them out of your bedroom. After all, there’s no good night’s sleep with Fido’s hair all over your pillow. But washing your pets regularly can help keep the dander in their fur down, and dander is what most people are allergic to when they say they’re allergic to animals. People are usually pretty familiar with the idea of washing dogs or sending them to a groomer, but cats can be bathed too. I’m not saying they’ll like it, but with two pairs of hands and a big kitchen sink, you can scrub down the kitties with a gentle shampoo in about ten minutes flat. (If your cats have claws, wear long sleeves and gloves.) Washing your pets regularly can reduce airborne allergens dramatically in your home. And if you’re sick and tired of sneezing, you may even find you don’t mind wrestling the cats into a bath. </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>General Tso’s Chicken</strong><br />When you’re so stuffed up you can hardly breathe, eating tends to be a mundane chore. If you can’t breathe, you can’t taste. But if your meal is chock full of chili peppers or horseradish, your sinuses will be clear in no time! Go for Asian cuisines – Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Indonesian all have spicy dishes – or slather a capsaicin-based hot sauce on whatever you’re making for dinner. In a pinch, spicy foods work like a charm. And hey, you gotta eat anyway. Throw on some Tabasco.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Keep a Food Diary</strong><br />On the other end of the spectrum, some foods can make your allergies worse. By paying close attention to what you’re eating and when, you may notice cause-and-effect relationships between your allergy symptoms and what you’ve recently eaten. For instance, I like to enjoy a latte in the morning, but I swear up and down that after having that much milk, my congestion gets much worse. So when I’m already stuffed up, I have tea instead. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">Food allergies and intolerances can present themselves in many ways. You may associate food allergies with throat-swelling or nausea, but if you’re intolerant to a food, it may manifest itself in your asthma or sinusitis.<span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Clean, Clean, Clean</strong><br />It’s pretty cheap to vacuum. When you’re stuck indoors in the winter, your familiar surroundings may be the biggest culprit to blame for your allergies. Dust mites, mold and pet dander can keep you sniffling all winter. By ramping up your cleaning efforts, you can effectively cut down your allergic reactions. If you have carpet, vacuum twice a week. Dust everything regularly. Wash bedding weekly, including comforters and pillows. Be aware that humidifiers can house mold. HEPA filters are helpful against animal dander, mold, and pollen (but don’t work against dust mites). HEPA filters are only worthwhile when the windows are closed, or you’ll undo all the benefit of filtering the air. Dust covers on the box spring and mattress can help cut down on dust mites and are available in fabric (not just plastic anymore). With a little extra effort, cold weather and re-circulated air don’t need to result in your suffering. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">Allergies can be tricky. Often times, combining tactics and using trial and error can help you find the best way to combat your symptoms. How do you keep your allergies under control year round?</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">For more information on allergy treatments, check out the following links:</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="/8-top-ways-to-care-for-your-allergies-without-damaging-the-budget">8 Top Ways to Care for Your Allergies Without Damaging the Budget </a></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://wholefoodsmarket.com/socialmedia/wholebody/2007/04/03/breath-easy-this-allergy-season/">Breathe Easy this Allergy Season</a> (Whole Foods podcast about allergies and homeopathy)</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.webmd.com/allergies/guide/allergy-medications">Medications for Allergies</a> (the basics from WebMD) </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.medicinenet.com/allergy_treatment_begins_at_home/article.htm">Allergy Treatment Begins at Home</a> (tips on cleaning from MedicineNet)</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lana-goodrich">Lana Goodrich</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-cheap-treatments-for-year-round-allergies">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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