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Prescription Frenzy

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

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Rebecca Lastra
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The amount of pharmacies we can bring our prescriptions to can seem overwhelming at times; and given the current economy, we always want to make sure we’re getting the best deal. But how can you possiblely visit each pharmacy near your house and check how much each presciption costs? Luckily, this little thing called the “internet” has completely revolutionized our lives over the past couple decades. From hotels,  books, to even electronics, it seems that we can compare prices on just about everything these days. Now thanks to Scott Marlette and Doug Hirsh, we can add prescriptions to that list.

Scott Marlette and Doug Hirsch, both Santa Monica natives, have founded their own company called “GoodRX.” Although their company is located in a small building in California, it reaches people all over the nation through their webpage. This site allows users to enter their zip code and prescription(s) he/she is seeking. The site then calculates the closest pharmacies in that specific area and the prices they are selling the medications for. Keep in mind that this site does not account for insurance coverage, it only shows what prices would cost without health insuranace. The company says its database contains over 1 million prices at drugstores and mail-order pharmacies nationwide for more than 6,000 brand name and generic drugs.

With the cost of health insurance being a major concern to many Americans and with millions of others being uninsured, this site is a great way for the cost-conscious consumer to try not to break the bank because of their necessary medications. 

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