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Studies: 1 in 5 adults skip doses to save money

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When Charlie Sweeney couldn’t afford to fill his prescriptions, he’d resort to free samples. When free samples weren’t available, he’d go off his medications cold turkey. It forced him to find other ways to cope with his depression. He tried exercising more and drinking less. He tried eating more vegetables, and at times, he wondered if he even needed medication at all. “It’s viewed a lot differently when you have a psychological-based illness because the ...


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ronzo
May 19, 2013
7:29 a.m.

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Surprised that only 2% get scripts off shore. We get most of my wife’s from pharmacies in Australia and India. They are delivered by mail in the original packaging from U.S. drug manufacturers like Novartis, East Hanover, NJ; Eli Lily, Indianapolis and others. Their cost is about 25% of the cost here through our health plan. Plus the Australian and Indian governments have much stricter pharma regulations than our FDA which is pretty much owned by the pharmaceutical industry.

Fritzdawg
May 19, 2013
12:56 p.m.

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ronzo: It's possible that many people bought into the lies that the pharmaceutical industry told when they spread the word that drugs bought overseas are usually fake, and sometimes poison.

ronzo
May 19, 2013
5:09 p.m.

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Fritzdawg: And who perpetuates those lies but our own FDA, whose only interest is enriching the drug manufacturers, because the FDA IS the drug industry that provides mega bucks to political campaigns. At least in India and Australia their pharma regulators are bureaucrats and not CEOs of drug companies. That's why you can buy a Novartis brand drug from an Indian pharmacy by mail for 25% of what Caremark charges you for that same drug by mail here. You can get a brand name drug off shore for less than what you pay for a generic here. If more people knew this maybe they could afford to take their pills every day.

Fritzdawg
May 19, 2013
7:16 p.m.

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ronzo:
The healthcare and pharma industries spend $5.4 Billion per year on lobbying.
That's almost twice of what the defense industry, and the energy industry spends COMBINED.

Never in history has it been so glaringly obvious, that the government can be bought.

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