No surprise: Americans worry about prescription drug costs

September 12, 2022

A new survey by finds 4 in 10 Americans who need prescription medications are concerned that the cost of those drugs could lead to bankruptcy or debt.

The survey, reported by the online publication Drug Topics, polled 1,002 U.S. adults who have taken prescription drugs. The findings showed 44% of respondents overall were concerned about drug costs with 49% of Medicare Part D recipients worried.

Other findings:

  • One third (33%) said their drug costs are going up. Just 7% said their Rx costs had declined.
  • Nearly 3 in 10 (29%) said they had difficulty paying for food and housing due to the high cost of their medications.
  • 4 in 10 think the government should regulate drug prices.
  • The top three ways people save money on drugs: Use generics (50%); use discount programs (30%) and opt for a 90-day supply (30%).

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