Rising costs force 39% of Americans to skip, ration meds, survey says

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One in three Americans saw their out-of-pocket costs for prescription medication increase in 2020, according to survey results released March 22 by pharmacy discount provider GoodRx.

GoodRx collected survey responses from 1,029 Americans who take a prescription medication for an ongoing condition from Feb. 19 to Feb. 21. 

Four of the survey's notable findings:

  1. Thirty-nine percent of respondents reported adjusting their regular prescription use, such as rationing or skipping doses, because of prescription costs.

  2. Thirty-seven percent of respondents reported paying for their regular prescription was difficult or very difficult.

  3. Twenty-one percent of respondents reported taking on debt or declaring bankruptcy because of prescription costs in 2020.

  4. Twenty-one percent of respondents reported struggling to pay for basic needs, such as groceries and housing, as a result of their prescription drug costs.

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