Drug companies legally hiking prescription prices

Bottles of prescription medication are seen on the shelf of a pharmacy (AP Photo/Lisa Poole)

U.S. (KXAN) — If you take medication you might have noticed you are now paying more for the same prescriptions.

According to a new consumer report, an estimated 30 percent of Americans have been hit with price hikes. Even those with insurance are paying more out of pocket for their medicine.

These surges in cost are not illegal. Drug companies can legally charge whatever they want and it is forcing people to cut corners.

“When they did fill their prescription, and many times they didn’t, they shared medications. They split pills when they shouldn’t,” said Consumer Reporter Lisa Gill.

Many are asking how you can save money on the medication you need. It is recommended you ask your doctor for the least expensive prescriptions, which is a request most patients don’t ask.

You can also compare prices at Pharmacies and online. Check medication prices on GoodRx.com in case pharmacies try to charge you more.

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