Saturday, August 16, 2008

11 Percent Cut Back On Prescription Drugs Or Dosage

This isn't a good sign. The NAIC (National Association of Insurance Commissioners) reports that 11% say that they cut back on drugs, or on dosages. More specifically, they cut back on the number of prescription drugs they take, or the dosage of those medications to make the prescription last longer. Read the more detailed NAIC news release, "Weakening U.S. Economy Takes Toll On Americans' Health."

This isn't good at all for a couple of reasons. First the prescriber might mistakenly think that the patient is taking a different dose, and makes it really hard to monitor and adjust the dose for the desired effect. Second, taking too much or too little of a medication can put your health at risk. Third, dropping a medication without telling your prescriber can result in a health problem going untreated, and could affect the proper dosing of the other drugs still being taken.

Previous posts on how to save money on prescription drugs:

  1. The Health, Drug, Prescription, and GMP Supersite: Save on Prescription Drugs (video)
  2. The Health, Drug, Prescription, and GMP Supersite: 8 Tips - Save Money on Prescription Drugs
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