Why Do Prescription Drug Shortages Occur?
What to Do if Your Medication is Unavailable or Too Expensive
There are options to consider if a prescription medication is unavailable or unaffordable due to a drug shortage. Check with nearby pharmacies that may have the drug in stock. Ask the provider if another similar medication may work. Some health plans may make a "tier exception" covering a higher-cost medicine when a lower-cost option has been ineffective. Many drug manufacturers offer discount coupons or co-pay assistance programs for patients who cannot afford their medications.
Taking prescription medications as directed is vital to managing chronic conditions. By working with their healthcare provider and pharmacist, seniors can find affordable options to meet their needs.