Would everyone who loves the experience of buying prescription drugs please raise your hands?
Every year in the United States, doctors write approximately 4.5 billion prescriptions to help improve their patients’ health. But the instant the doctor writes a prescription, consumers fall victim to a broken system that blocks transparency and robs us of choice. As a result, 450 million prescriptions get abandoned at the pharmacy counter each year because consumers are caught off-guard, either by unexpectedly high prices or the lack of accessible alternatives.
Welcome to the prescription drug debacle.
Spending on prescription drugs in the U.S. has more than doubled in the past two decades. And Americans pay 30 to 190 percent more for prescription drugs than other developed countries.
But when consumers abandon 450 million prescriptions each year, the result is $300 billion in avoidable medical costs annually – costs borne by employers and consumers in additional visits to the doctor, trips to the emergency room, or hospital expenses. All because the condition that was originally diagnosed went unaddressed.