Updated: Jun 21
It’s no secret that the cost of medications in the United States is outrageous. Nationwide spending on prescription drugs increased from $30 billion in 1980 to $335 billion in 2018, and in 2020, the United States alone spent nearly $350 billion on prescription medications.
What are Driving Prescriptions Costs?
There is a multitude of factors that affect the cost of prescription costs, such as:
Monopolies – For newer medications, there are often no alternatives available. Until the drug patent expires, the creation of generic forms of the medicines is prohibited, leaving patients with limited treatment options.
Lack of Regulation – The United States lacks an agency with legal authority to regulate the prices of prescription drugs.
Increase in Chronic Illness – High prescription drug prices are sustained because treatments for chronic diseases are not luxury items and are needed to improve the quality of life or prolong life.
Lack of Awareness – Lack of provider awareness of drug prices is also a barrier for patients.
What Is In-House Medication Dispensing?
In-house medication provides prescription drugs directly to patients from our clinic instead of writing a prescription and sending them to a pharmacy.
How Does In-House Medication Dispensing Benefit You?
In-house medication dispensing not only saves you money, but it saves you time! No more stopping at the pharmacy after your visit. Here is a quick price comparison on commonly prescribed medications:
Price comparison was generated by GoodRx and is based on a 30-day supply.
How Can Reform ABQ Help Me?
Reform ABQ is a primary care clinic located in the heart of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Our nurse practitioner is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner who can provide health care throughout your lifespan. Our Direct Primary Care Members have access to in-house medication dispensing and savings! We also understand that direct primary care is not for everyone, so we strive to find the lowest prices available at commercial pharmacies for our commercial insurance patients.
Looking for a Primary Care Provider? Give Reform ABQ a call at 505-420-6979 to schedule your appointment today!