The costly risk of not following your prescription

February 13, 2015 10:00 AM

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The costly risk of not following your prescription

In between jobs and without insurance, Toby, 36, a restaurant worker from Kansas, had to resort to dangerous measures when it came to managing his daily medications. Trained as a medic in the U.S. Army and later in civilian clinics, he used what he knew about drug half-lives to stretch them out.

"I had to strategically space out my prescriptions so I could make it last,” he says. For 90 days, he couldn’t afford his HIV medication, drugs that cost upward of $2,000 each month. “I would skip doses or take the medicine every other day.”

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