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Tips For Saving On Prescription And Health Costs

Washington, DC (NAPSI) - According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of all  Americans take at least one prescription drug per month and up to 50 percent of  chronically ill people stop taking their medication within the first year.

One of the most commonly cited reasons patients stop taking medications as  prescribed is related to a desire to reduce health care costs. As baby  boomers reach retirement age, they are expected to live longer on average  than previous generations and will also face new health challenges and  concerns, such as managing chronic health conditions, which can be  overwhelmingly expensive.

With rising health costs and changing health care coverage weighing on the  minds of families and baby boomers alike, here are some simple tips for  families to save money while taking care of their health:

1. Try the store-brand versions of healthy products like vitamins.  Store-brand supplements and remedies are formulated to deliver the same  performance that shoppers expect from the national brands and are held to the  same strict testing guidelines, all at more affordable prices.

2. Ask your pharmacist about generic prescription options. These  medications offer the same active ingredients as brand-name medications at a  lower cost, which can make a big difference when managing chronic conditions.  Generic prescription medications are FDA approved and are safe and effective.  

3. Keep taking your prescribed medications as directed, because taking  medications irregularly can impact your overall health. To stay on track,  talk openly with your pharmacist. It has been shown that regular  consultations with a pharmacist can make patients twice as likely to take medications  as prescribed, which can lower health care costs by thousands of dollars  annually.

4. Look into pharmacy savings programs. For example, members of the new  ExtraCare Pharmacy & Health Rewards™ program at CVS/pharmacy®   receive ExtraBucks® Rewards when they refill prescriptions and  take other health-related actions, such as getting flu shots, enrolling in  online prescription management services, or signing up for prescription text  message alerts. Enrolling is free and easy and can be done on the CVS/pharmacy  website or in-store at the pharmacy counter.

For more information on the ExtraCare Pharmacy & Health Rewards  program, visit the website at www.cvs.com/rxrewards  or inquire at your local CVS/pharmacy.