The Crazy Costs For Prescription Drugs

Published May 10th, 2016 by USA Rx
Fact Checked by
Chris Riley

The cost of prescriptions and medications can be so extremely costly to the average American. It's very unfortunate, since most of these medicines are proven to work well and potentially eliminate the disease that you're suffering from. There are even some extreme scenarios where the medication manufacturer will increase the price of drugs vital to the survival of certain human beings, such as medication for cancer or AIDS. Taking advantage of somebody like that is an vulgar act, but unfortunately, this happens a lot in our health care marketplace.

For example, a new drug for the liver disease hepatitis C is frightening people; not because of what it does to human body, but what it costs. The pill costs $1000 each, and for a person looking to seek treatment with this drug, they would need to take about 84 of these, resulting in $84,000. This is very unreasonable for any person from any walk of life. This kind of scenario happens even when dealing with medications that treat diabetes or other common diseases in the United States.

By law, state Medicaid programs that insure the poor and disabled, are legally required to cover any drugs that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Medicaid will receive a mandatory discount of a least 23% on the drugs, but many states are still terrified about the financial impact this hepatitis C drug, and other expensive medications will have on their economy. State Medicaid programs are particularly sensitive to annual cost increases, since Medicaid coverage is paid for out of the state budget, which needs to be balanced every year. Unfortunately, many people rely on these programs to survive since they also tend to be poor.

Luckily, there are some ways that expensive medications can be discounted for users. Pharmacy discount cards, like the one provided by USA Rx, can help patients receive a discount up to 75%. The card that we provide at USA Rx is accepted at over 60,000 pharmacies nationwide, and can be used whether or not the individual has insurance. If you feel that Medicaid isn't covering the costs of your medication well enough, consider asking your pharmacist whether you can save money by purchasing the drugs with your USA Rx pharmacy discount card. Visit our website today and receive your free card to try out today!

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