Web Site Could Cut Drug Costs
The program is designed to help find lower drug prices for the elderly and people who have multiple prescriptions.
"Actually, it's probably going to accomplish more for their families because they are the ones who are researching it for them and doing all the behind-the-scenes work for them," explained Kimberly Rodgers of Westbrook Terrace Assisted Living.
Web site users list their drugs, dosages and quantities, plus where they live. Then, the program lists area pharmacies with those prescriptions and how much they cost. In some Missouri counties, even the most popular drugs are not available yet because no one there has used Medicaid or Medicare to pay for them.
"In that situation, that information doesn't get sent to Missouri Rx so they don't even know about those prescriptions," said Kilgore's pharmacist Bill Morrissey.
However, those drugs and their prices will show up on the Web site for comparisons as soon as someone uses Medicaid or Medicare to pay for them.