VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass., Feb. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- A new, free Internet service is bringing a new solution to a growing problem long faced by physicians throughout the U.S.
Despite the large number of prescriptions filled at pharmacies -- approximately 70 million each day nationwide -- there are many which are never filled, often because the patient's family either has no health insurance or, for whatever reason, simply cannot afford the cost. The potential danger that this creates is clear. In order to properly treat an individual's illness, the physician must become certain of two things: that the patient is following the doctor's instructions by filling the prescription and taking the medication as directed, and that the medication itself is working and having the desired effect with no unwanted side effects.
In today's national economy, with increased joblessness and many families having to decide between prescribed medicines and other critical items, the opportunity to have a prescription filled at little or no cost can mean the difference between the patient getting healthy -- by being able to follow the physician's instructions -- or suffering needlessly.
With the recent launch of a new Internet search engine -- www.FirstRxSavings.com -- anyone who receives a doctor's prescription can now go immediately to that website, refer to the alphabetical listing of more than 500 medications, print out right from the computer the savings coupon they need for their specific medication, and bring the coupon (together with the prescription) to virtually any pharmacy in the nation. While each of the coupon programs differs, all can be used to pay either part of an insured's co-pay, or the entire cost ... and often up to twelve refills.
There is no cost for any of these coupons, and there is no need for website visitors to register with FirstRxSavings.com in order to be able to print out the coupons needed. FirstRxSavings.com serves as a search engine to link each individual with the respective pharmaceutical company's website where the coupon can be found and printed out. Many of the programs offer free trial supplies of the medication -- for example, free 30-day supplies of Uroxatral (for enlarged prostate), free 15-day trial supplies of Crestor for lowering cholesterol, or even six-month free co-pays for the rheumatoid arthritis medication, Orencia. Hundreds of such offers are available as computer-printable coupons, at no cost, on FirstRxSavings.com.
Even the non-insured can take advantage of these free coupons on FirstRxSavings.com, because many state specific dollar values that pharmacies will use to deduct that amount from the usual price, enabling even non-insured families to be better able to afford the vital medications prescribed by their physicians. With the advent of the FirstRxSavings.com search engine, there is more reason for physicians to expect that their patients will follow the instructions needed to keep them healthy.