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We have all that and more coming up but first our top story tonight listen to this great news for consumers tonight on the subject of health care.
A new report says Americans are spending less on prescription drugs that's here the first time in nearly sixty years spending on prescription drug.
Now report says on average consumer spending on medicines fell by 33 dollars under 900 dollars last year.
Lower cost generic drugs a big factor here but there are other reasons too with us now Lisa -- The prescription drugs editor at consumer reports -- welcome back to show I think it's always good to have you here is this all due to generics.
No you know a good portion of it has to do with generics going off patent just about 28 billion dollars worth of these drugs.
Are now available as generics Lipitor to fight that I -- you don't execute -- how many Americans take Lipitor I mean -- and this is this is the number one most commonly prescribed -- And you know what there's been.
No time in history have we had this many drugs go off -- think that's -- out so.
Lipitor in particular let's talk about the cost differential what are we what are we -- Where were saying it -- in him but big differences in the price you can say you could spend a couple hundred dollars for the brand.
Or you could spend a little bit less for the generic -- to go to some stars you can spend a lot less.
And that's that if I want -- -- of the -- time.
They say this is a big trend going on I wonder though the degree to that some folks just can't afford their Mets right now my appetite.
Right so the support they were talking about that was the second reason that people.
Actually saved money they didn't fill prescriptions because.
They're facing an economic crisis of their own and actually our own research shows that every year would call up thousands of Americans asking hey -- the economy affecting your ability to.
Fill your prescription drugs and the answer comes back -- It it's hurting them terribly.
Ari but we -- -- going on generically NASA has some ball -- this is good news has also commonly prescribed drugs right to -- is used for depression and that's gonna go -- and then a couple of months we -- used to fight insomnia.
Expensive medication and off patent next year.
-- we're talking a little bit about -- and I discussed this before the fact that if you go by those drugs typically you don't find all kinds of different prices that's.
It's about literature again for just a second you -- buy it costs go for seventeen bucks Wal-Mart 68.
Right -- 134 CDS a 150 I don't know people don't understand this Lisa explain.
You know what if it's difficult for us understand -- pricing is irrational we had a had a really difficult.
But fun time trying to figure out why there's such a difference the one thing we can say is shop around.
Don't be afraid to ask for the lowest price feature that you are really getting the best deal out there ask your pharmacist for sure it will make a difference yet but can I have at all so I.
I absolutely hate it what.
It's hard to believe it sounds so old school doesn't -- but you know what pharmacists are willing to work with you especially -- independent mom and pop pharmacies.
-- and now one more thing here that I wanna show -- you think it's important.
Which -- about generics and what's going on -- take a look.
At the drug price differences between brands and generics Lipitor -- bridge near a big difference there to sixteen vs 162.
Plavix again we've got a big difference in Cingular are what 86 vs 162.
I gotta tell yet.
You really do yourself a favor.
By buying generic.
You do any you know what in the next couple of years those -- prices are gonna continue to plummet to rock bottom and it's gonna take another -- can get more prices going down up.
-- it's Lisa thanks for coming up tonight at great to have him here.
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