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Americans look to save money on medicine

12:59 AM, Apr. 14, 2013
Last year, Americans spent $45 billion out of pocket on prescription drugs, but drugs that are prescribed often are not taken.
Last year, Americans spent $45 billion out of pocket on prescription drugs, but drugs that are prescribed often are not taken.
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Cash-strapped Americans often skip doses of pricey prescription drugs or take less than was prescribed by their doctor, new research shows.

Not surprising, a lack of insurance coverage was a key factor in whether patients went without needed meds, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.

Skipping medicines can have real consequences for health, the researchers warned. ...

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