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Cutting prescription drug costs

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Are you paying more out of pocket for your prescription drugs these days? If so, you're not alone.

One in four Americans saw that happen to them in the last 12 months, according to a new Consumer Reports survey. And in some cases, the extra cost is substantial.

Lisa Gill, deputy editor at Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs, has a few money-saving tips.

Can you get a 90-day prescription? For a drug you take every day, it's probably cheaper to get a three-month supply. Plus, you'll eliminate two co-pays.

Talk to the pharmacist about price. You should ask: “Is this the lowest price I can get?”

Check for money-saving coupon. Yes, you can get coupons for prescription drugs. Consumer Reports recommends BlinkHealth.com, GoodRX.com and LowestMed.com.

Finally, talk to your doctor. Ask if there's a different drug or a generic version that will do the same thing at a lower price.

More Info: Why Drug Costs Keep Rising—and What You Can Do About It

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