Did you know the Mayo Clinic says that around 70 percent of Americans take at least one prescription drug and nearly half of the country takes at least two? That's why in 2012 Americans spent $325.8 billion on medications - or $898 on average per person.
According to a report from the IMS Institute, however, 2012 was actually the first time the amount Americans spent on medications went down. It dropped 3.5 percent, or around $33 per person.
One reason for the drop was cheaper generic versions of popular brand-name drugs entered the market. Unfortunately, a bigger reason was that many people just couldn't afford to buy medications thanks to income trouble or increasing insurance deductibles.
Some people in that situation turn to online pharmacies in foreign countries, which I'm sure you've seen advertised. Unfortunately, that can be dangerous and even deadly. There's no guarantee you're getting the medicine you paid for or that it's the right dosage. Learn more about the dangers of buying drugs online.
Fortunately, there are some better alternatives.