Benita Lee - June 22, 2018
As with other forms of coverage restrictions, insurance plans use quantity limits to ensure patient safety and control healthcare costs. Quantity limits define how much of a drug you can fill during a specific time period, but they can be a hassle. Here’s how to navigate your plan’s policies, so you can still get the medications you need.
How do quantity limits work?
Generally speaking, plans will review clinical and FDA literature to decide how much of a drug they will cover in a certain time period. See More
Tori Marsh - June 13, 2018
Patients often turn to generic medications for cheaper alternatives to brand-name drugs, but over the past couple years, prices for generics have increased substantially, and some of the most expensive generic medications run above $100 for a month’s supply. Every year, people are paying more for them despite insurance coverage due to high deductibles and formulary changes.
Tori Marsh - April 05, 2018
Spring is officially here – and that means seasonal allergies have arrived. Prescriptions for allergy medications rose sharply in March, according to a GoodRx analysis of a nationally representative sample of US prescription fills, with some interesting patterns in state-by-state trends.
Our monthly GoodRx Index report also showed other drug trends for March:
Katie Mui - March 16, 2018
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Amanda, 32, is a mother of three and a kindergarten teacher at a public school in Missouri. See More
Roni Shye - February 26, 2018
This flu season has been rough for patients, doctors, pharmacies, employers, and almost everyone else.
Getting a yearly flu shot is the best way to prevent yourself from getting the seasonal flu according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, as with most things in life, getting a flu shot does not 100% guarantee that you will not get the flu.
Thomas Goetz - February 13, 2018
Amid an already devastating flu season, the story of a Texas teacher who, sick with the flu, skipped her prescription for Tamiflu (oseltamivir) because of a $116 copay, and subsequently died of the illness, has struck many as a tragedy that could have been avoided. It’s especially mystifying because of the high price of such an essential drug. How is it that such a life-saving medicine can be out of reach for so many people?
Heather Holland, a second-grade teacher in Fort Worth, Texas, decided not to fill her prescription for Tamiflu when she saw it would be $116. See More
Tori Marsh - February 11, 2018
In what appears to be the worst flu epidemic in years, prescriptions for Tamiflu (oseltamivir) are soaring – outpacing last year’s prescriptions by a factor of 10 or even 14 times higher this year in some states, with a nationwide rate that is more than 5 times higher than last year.
According to a GoodRx analysis of a nationally representative sample of US prescriptions, pharmacy fills for Tamiflu, the most popular medication to treat the flu, are increasing, with some notable geographic variations. See More
Tori Marsh - February 02, 2018
This year’s flu season is in full swing, and it’s bad. High flu activity has been reported in all states except for Hawaii and flu season is only halfway over. Prescriptions for Tamiflu (oseltamivir) are 6 times higher nationwide than a year ago, with reported shortages in some cities, according to the FDA.
Between missed work, doctors visits, and medical costs, the flu can get expensive. Tamiflu is the most commonly prescribed treatment for the flu, but it’s not cheap. See More
Roni Shye - January 28, 2018
If you happen to get sick this flu season, you now have the option to take the less expensive generic alternative Tamiflu.
Are you ready? In the United States, flu cases spike in the fall and winter months (although you can get the flu year round). Flu infections peak during December and March but it can linger into May.
If you’ve ever had the flu you know how miserable it can be. The flu can keep an otherwise healthy person out of work or school for as long as 2 weeks. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - January 15, 2018