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Here's your connection to affordable prescriptions

The price tag for prescriptions is steadily rising. According to IMS Health and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), Americans shelled out $103 billion for prescriptions in 1998, an increase of nearly $14 billion since 1997. With prices continuing to move up, mail-order prescription houses, as well as new online sites, may offer you a lifeline to lifelong savings.

If you are required to take medication on a long-term basis, you may want to consider mail-order prescriptions. With Rx Universe Mail Order Pharmacy, customers receive discounts of up to 80% off the retail price. And if you need a supply of medicine while waiting for your mail-order delivery, Rx Universe has over 50,000 participating pharmacies that can fill your prescription at savings of from 5% to 40% off retail price. Vitamins are also available at deeply discounted prices. For a single person, the annual fee for joining the plan is $19.95; it's $34.95 for a family of two or more. To order, call 800-794-6490 or log on to www.rxuniverse.com.

DrugPlace.com (www.drugplace.com) offers discounts of as much as 75% off prescriptions and offers great savings on diabetic supplies, vitamins, and other medical needs. PetDrugPlace.com, a division of DrugPlace.com, offers medications for your pet as well. There is no membership fee. Order your medication online, or call 800-881-6325.

Other mail-order companies offering significant discounts include US Medication (www.usmedication.com) at 877-624-5879 and RxUSA (www.rxusa.com) at 800-798-7248. All companies require that a prescription from a doctor's office be faxed in or called in before the order can be filled.

For additional savings, ask your doctor for free samples.
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Author:Royal, Leslie E.
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Date:Sep 1, 2000
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