Eric A. Jackson, PharmD
To the Editors: I read with interest the article by Frazier and colleagues (1), which reported the effect of a physician education program featuring a manual of comparative drug prices on patients' out-of-pocket prescription drug expenses. In addition to listing drug prices, the manual emphasized several ways to make outpatient drugs more affordable for self-pay patients. These suggestions included price shopping, the use of cheaper alternative medications within drug classes, and the reduction of dispensing fees.
Although encouraging patients to shop at different pharmacies to find the "best" price may lessen the cost of an individual prescription, it may also
Jackson EA. Lowering the Cost of Prescription Drugs. Ann Intern Med. ;115:748–749. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-115-9-748_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(9):748-749.
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