4 things you can do if the price of your medication skyrockets

Prescription prices can rise without warning, but there are things you can do to pay less for the drugs you need.


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Recent news has brought reports of sudden jumps in medication prices. In August 2015, the price of pyrimethamine (Daraprim), a drug used to treat the parasitic infection toxoplasmosis, leaped from $13.50 to $750 per capsule. From May 2011 to May 2015, the price for a two-pack of EpiPens, the epinephrine autoinjectors that treat potentially fatal allergic reactions, rose from $160 to $608.

Even commonly used drugs that have been on the market for decades have been subject to unexpected price increases. In the past few years, the prices of generics — antibiotics like doxycycline and erythromycin and heart medications like captopril and digoxin — have shot up.

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