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DLCA Gives Weekly Consumer Tips

The Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs (DLCA) has launched a new initiative aimed at educating and assisting seniors on prescription medication costs. The first prescription drug survey has been released and the department has announced its findings. The survey will be conducted on a monthly basis to facilitate the purchase process as part of its mission of assisting, educating and protecting consumers.

“By informing consumers on which pharmacies have the best prices on a select number of prescription medications, we are equipping them with the tools to make wise purchase choices and get the most for their money. Our weekly consumer tips are an integral part of our information campaign. Following the launch of our prescription drug survey, this week’s tips will highlight information on purchasing prescription medication. The more you know about prescription medication, particularly how they are sold and at what costs, the better you will be able to afford the medication you need,” said Commissioner Biggs.
Consumer tips on prescription medication:
· Ask questions –When your doctor hands you a prescription, ask these questions and write down the answers.
o What is the exact name of the drug?
o What is it supposed to do?
o What dosage am I taking?
o How and when do I take it?
o When do I stop?
o What foods, drinks, or activities should be avoided while taking the drug?
o What are the side effects? What do I do if I start feeling them?
o Will this new prescription work safely with the other prescription and nonprescription medications I am taking?
There will be additional consumer tips on this topic next week. DLCA will highlight the difference between a brand name and generic medication. Consumers should always ask their doctor or pharmacist if a generic brand is available for their particular prescription medication.
(Coming soon – weekly consumer tips on the DLCA Web site).
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