KAISER HEALTH NEWS: EMPLOYERS HELP WORKERS ACCESS SAFE AND AFFORDABLE MEDICATIONS

Updated: Oct 31

Kaiser Health News posted a story this week on employers who are saving money for their employees by directing them to order their medications from Canada, which saves them up to 80 percent on their commonly-prescribed prescription drugs.


They share a few examples in the piece:

  • Schenectady County, N.Y., is on track to pay 20 percent less on prescription drugs for its employees this year than in 2003.

  • Flagler County, Fla., expects to save nearly $200,000 in 2017 on brand-name medicines for its 800 workers, its total drug costs having fallen by 10 percent since last year.

  • Kokomo, Ind., has found a way to save so much money buying drugs that it offers employees a 90-day supply of dozens of popular brand-name medicines free.

The article goes on to state that dozens of cities, counties and school districts across the U.S. are helping their workers save money by importing their personal prescriptions online from Canada and other countries.


Thus far, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made no move to shut down these programs, some of which date back more than a decade.


The piece also highlights the cost-savings of several medications that people buy online:


Take Canadian MedStore. It sells a 90-day supply of Januvia for $83, imported from England. The same supply of the diabetes drug can cost $423 in the U.S. Advair Diskus, to treat asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, costs $417 in the U.S., compared with $96 from New Zealand via MedStore. Xarelto, a popular blood thinner, costs $89 per month imported from England, vs. $485 a month in the U.S.

We will continue fighting for access to affordable and safe prescriptions through importation from licensed and legitimate online pharmacies in Canada so that hard-working Americans have a way of obtaining their life-saving medications without having to pay exorbitantly high prices in the U.S.


The full article can be accessed here: http://bit.ly/2j0UlK6.


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