Up to 45% of Americans struggle with paying for their prescription medicines, 26% don't fill prescriptions because they can't afford them, and medication nonadherence costs the U.S. healthcare system up to $289 billion a year.
"As people increasingly look for ways to save money on their prescription medicines, it is vital that we continue to educate patients and caregivers about how to find safe sources of medicine, whether sold online or offline, and GoodRx's membership helps us achieve that goal," said ASOP Global's Executive Director Libby Baney.
GoodRx provides the lowest current prices and discounts for every FDA-approved prescription drug at more than 70,000 retail and mail-order pharmacies to bring customers up to 80% savings on their prescriptions. On average, customers save $276 per year on their prescriptions using the free GoodRx website or GoodRx mobile apps.
"At GoodRx, we believe that transparency—providing patients with the full picture when it comes to shopping for the medications they need—is of utmost importance," said GoodRx co-Founder and co-CEO, Doug Hirsch. "We joined ASOP Global as a way to further that trust with consumers. Paying less for prescriptions should never mean jeopardizing safety, and we're thrilled to be partnering with an organization that aligns with our mission of putting the patient first."
About Illegal Online Pharmacies
There are approximately 34,000 illegal online pharmacies and 10% of those sites sell opioids and other controlled substances. A report issued in 2016 by ASOP Global and LegitScript found that 65% of Internet search results for prescription drugs lead U.S. consumers to illegal and unsafe websites and 600 new Internet pharmacy websites are launched every month.
To stay safe, ASOP Global urges all consumers to verify their online pharmacy before they buy, or look for .pharmacy in the URL, (i.e., www.GoodRx.pharmacy), since all websites ending in .pharmacy are verified by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).
About the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to combatting illegal online pharmacies and counterfeit drugs and making the Internet safe for consumers worldwide through advocacy, research and education.
GoodRx, America's leader in prescription savings and drug transparency, provides patients with the lowest possible prices for prescription drugs, regardless of whether they have insurance. The company's proprietary market-intelligence technology evaluates available pricing at more than 70,000 pharmacies nationwide to bring customers up to 80% savings on their prescriptions.