Study finds more consumers having trouble paying for medications

A new survey by RxSaver by RetailMeNot and Kelton Global finds that 47% of Americans have done without their prescription medication so they could cover other expenses. Of those individuals, 74% did so to pay for groceries, 50% to pay for gas, 26% to pay for clothes, and 22% to pay for cable and WiFi. Moreover, 23% said that attempts to avoid paying for a necessary medication resulted in a medical condition becoming worse. Some respondents said they are looking for ways to save on their prescriptions by taking smaller doses than prescribed to space out refills (20%), turning to homeopathic treatments (16%) and going out-of-country to purchase cheaper medication (5%).

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