ANCHOR LEAD: You or someone you know is likely managing their health with the help of prescription drugs. The price of those medications only seem to be heading in one direction… is there any way for consumers to save money and maintain their health? Brian Osuch has the story. (:60)
SCRIPT: Newsbreak, I’m Brian Osuch. A new AARP report shows the prices of prescription medications are increasing much faster than inflation. AARP’s Leigh Purvis says these rising costs effect everyone.
CUT: (Purvis) If you are paying for a prescription drug yourself, you’re paying for those increases at the pharmacy counter. If you have health insurance, you are paying for higher prescription drug prices through higher premiums and higher cost sharing. And if you are a taxpayer, you are helping to pay for prescription drug price increases, because your taxes go towards taxpayer-funded programs like Medicare and Medicaid that pay for prescription drugs.
SCRIPT: Is there a way for consumers to save?
CUT: (Purvis) Talk to your doctor and your pharmacist to see if any lower cost alternatives are available. You can also talk to your pharmacist about your overall prescription drug regimen and see if there are any drugs that could perhaps be decreased or even dropped if they’re not needed.
SCRIPT: And what about generic medications…
CUT: (Purvis) Generic drugs are absolutely the same as their brand name equivalents and they should be used as often as possible.
SCRIPT: For more, go to AARP.org/RXPriceWatch. That’s Newsbreak from AARP.
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