It is true that people are looking for extra ways to save money but some are actually cutting corners in ways that could put their health in danger.

The Consumer Reports health ratings center recently polled people about prescription drugs, and found nearly 30% admit to taking potentially dangerous measures to cut costs.

Patients are reporting stopping taking their medicines or taking half a tablet a day or taking a tablet every other day.

Pharmacists are seeing it all the time: patients splitting pills or skipping pills altogether. It is true that this is saving money, but is also putting their health at serious risk.
By not taking the drugs regularly, they ar enot able to do their job – as they are not there. The drugs levels go up and down and cannot have the effect they should be having.

Consumer Reports says there are safer options for people who can't afford their prescriptions. Some of the options include getting the lower-cost generic versions of the same medications.

If patients switch from cholesterol-lowering Lipitor to a generic of another statin, Lovastatin, they could be saving nearly a thousand dollars a year. They should look into the insurance options or patient assistance programs offered by some of the major drug companies that offer lower-cost drugs.

The point of the report is to underline that saving money on medications could cost lives.