Health experts warn that many people can’t afford to buy medications they need and are forced to rely on friends and family for medication.
A new report from the nonprofit advocacy group Alliance for the Health of Americans (AHAMA) found that more than 1 in 4 Americans cannot afford to purchase the medication they need, and that the cost is disproportionately borne by people of color.
The AHAMA report notes that, despite the increased demand for emergency medications and the need for emergency treatment, the availability of affordable medication remains very limited.
While many patients are able to purchase prescription-only medication from a pharmacy or prescription drugstores, these options are often limited to people who cannot afford the full cost.
AHAMA also found that while the number of people able to access affordable medication increased between 2014 and 2016, the amount spent on medication was still far below the national average.
In 2018, AHAMA found that a typical person spent $18.76 for their prescribed medication.
That said, the AHAMA study also found the majority of people who use the medication are able purchase the full prescribed dose.
According to AHAMA, of the people who receive emergency medication, 73 percent use the full dose, while 25 percent use just a few drops.
While it’s true that there are still a lot of people out there that can’t get the medication, the report found that it’s a problem that has been growing over time.
AHMA says it is working to address this issue by focusing on the health needs of those who need it most, and by providing more resources to help them access medications.
“We want to make sure that we’re not excluding anyone,” said Dr. Jonathan Brown, president of AHAMA.
“We want people to be able to get the medications that they need to help prevent and treat a lot more serious illnesses and prevent complications like strokes and heart attacks.”
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