4/5/2004

Doctors are helping patients find ways to lower drug costs, sometimes prescribing more potent dosages that can be taken every other day. Others are maintaining databases to help patients determine whether lower-cost alternatives or generic drugs are available that will be just as effective as a costly prescription. Physicians also are directing low-income patients to reduced-cost programs offered by the drug companies themselves, and advising patients about when shopping for Canadian drugs might offer savings.

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