Best Buy Drugs

If you’re looking for a way to learn more about which drugs have the best track record, safety, effectiveness and price, Consumer Reports has a site called “Best Buy Drugs,” that aims to do just that. From the site:

    The project aims to improve access to needed medicines for tens of millions of Americans–because they lack insurance coverage for prescription drugs, because the prices of many medicines today are so high, and because many consumers and physicians may not be aware of proven and affordable alternatives.

Doctors can be influenced by marketing from Big Pharma, so arm yourself with knowledge about alternatives. There may be a generic drug that works better and is safer and cheaper than the next new thing. Vioxx anyone? —MEGHANN MARCO

Best Buy Drugs

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  1. facted says:

    As a healthcare professional, I’d like to point out that while I certainly agree that doctors can be swayed by Big Pharma (in fact, I had lunch provided today by a pharm company–well my mentor did, anyway), individual patients are swayed on a much larger scale.

    There are countless patients who come into doctor’s offices on a daily basis begging for drugs that they see on TV when they don’t need them. After all, that’s a big reason why the whole Vioxx scandal happened to begin with (the majority of those patients didn’t need to be on Vioxx, but it was prescribed due to a huge end-consumer marketing campaign.

    Consumer information is always a good thing and education is very important, but please remember that as a patient, you may not always know what drugs are best for you and please, please, please don’t let pharm companies tell you that you do (or make you think you do).

  2. synergy says:

    Oh damn. For a second there I thought there were drugs being sold at Best Buy. Whew! :D