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May 25, 2014
Important News to Help You Afford Medication:

New Obamacare Plans May Have Higher Costs than Traditional Plans

A new report shows that out-of-pocket prescription costs may be twice as high for certain plans created by the Affordable Care Act than traditional employer plans. This is primarily due to high deductibles, which tend to be around $2,000 for ACA silver plans. That means patients are responsible for $2,000 of their healthcare costs, including prescription drugs, before coverage kicks in!

If you're finding yourself facing a high deductible, and generic alternatives at your local pharmacy are not available, consider an online pharmacy.

Read our blog for more.

Updates on Maine's Drug Importation Law and Online Pharmacies

PharmacyChecker.com Vice-President, Gabriel Levitt, recently penned an op-ed for the Bangor Daily News' weekend edition called "Maine's Drug Importation Law Does not Endorse Online Pharmacies. Should it?" You may recall that Maine passed a good law that lifted the state's ban on personal drug importation from pharmacies in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the U.K. Of course Americans, including Mainers, were buying prescription drugs internationally before that law passed. Gabe's article examines the limits of the law and how you can identify safe online pharmacies. Check it out here.

American Non-profit Pharmacies Help Patients Access Medicine

Much to our surprise, we saw a news article that mentioned a cool concept: non-profit pharmacies. As it turns out, the pharmacy mentioned, Community First Pharmacy in Ohio, is one of only three in the nation. These pharmacies help patients afford their medicine and can even match popular $4 a month plans. Find out more about non-profit pharmacies on our blog.

RxRights.org Opposes Pharma Industry-Funded Internet Scheme to Deceive Consumers

RxRights.org, an advocacy group dedicated to protecting your access to safe and affordable prescription drugs, obtained over 21,000 signatures to oppose a scheme by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) to operate a top level domain level called .pharmacy (an industry specific Internet domain like .com, .net, .org, etc.). NABP, with funding from big drug companies, wants to tell Americans that only websites ending in .pharmacy are safe but will exclude any non-U.S. pharmacy that sells to Americans from obtaining a .pharmacy website.

To learn why so many people signed the petition and what this means for your access to medication, read their announcement about the 21,000 signatures.

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