The price of prescription drugs

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[Situation: Throughout the video, a narrator explains how Christine saved money on her prescription drugs.]

[Action: Christine walks up to a pharmacy counter to pay for her prescriptions.]

Yesterday, Christine picked up her blood pressure medication at a different pharmacy. And she got quite a surprise! It cost her $10 less than usual. That’s right! Just because it’s the same pill doesn’t mean it’s the same price everywhere you go.

[Action: A pharmacist prepares a prescription.]

When you have a prescription filled, the price includes the cost of the drug, preparation fees, operating expenses and the pharmacist’s profit. You might not see these charges on your receipt, but they are there all the same and they often vary from one pharmacy to another. So how can you make sure you’re paying a fair price? First tip is: shop around for the best price, like you do for other products and services. If you take prescription drugs regularly, another tip is: buy a three-month supply. Not only will it save you money, it will also save you a trip to the pharmacy each month.

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