Prescription bargain hunt

Here's how to get a better deal on your medication.

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You're not alone if you've ever skipped filling a prescription because it was expensive. Cost is one barrier to keeping people on their medication regimens. "It's a real problem. Medications only work if people take them, and you can't take them if you can't afford them," says Dr. Joshua Gagne, a pharmacist and epidemiologist with Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital.

According to a National Center for Health Statistics survey, about 8% of adults in the United States don't take prescribed medications because they can't afford them.

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