In these tough economic times, people are having to struggle deciding on which of their medications they can do without.  Some are not filling the prescriptions they need to survive.

With the rising cost of medicines, it’s no surprise that  so many of us are having difficulty paying for them.

The average cost of a  chronic medication is around $900 a year.  Now picture those who have more than one  medication that they depend on.  That’s a big chunk  of money to be taken out of your budget!

Surprisingly, there are still people who don’t know how to get their medicine discounted or free. Thus, I am highlighting this health or medical writing.

Wal-Mart started the ball rolling when it initiated a $4  generic program but this was improved upon by “Free Medicine”. There are several supermarkets that have been giving antibiotics for free (with accompanying prescription).

“Stop & Shop” includes as many as 36 generics. “Giant Foods” has a similar program.  Among the antibiotics offered are:

  • Amoxacillin
  • Ampicillin
  • Bacitracin
  • Cephalexine
  • Ciprofloxacin
  • Doxycyclin
  • Erythromycin
  • Penicilln
  • Tetracycline

Two years ago, “Publix” started their free antibiotic program and it is still in existence now with all of their pharmaceutical chains participating.  Under their program, one can get:

  • Cephalexin
  • Penicillin VK
  • Ampicillin
  • Sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim
  • Ciprofloxacin

With an increase of more antibiotic prescriptions being issued this time of year for the entire family, this is a big savings.

What if you need to save on other medications?  Stay tuned for the next health and medical writing episode this week.