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AARP launches drug-pricing tool


By Maureen McKinney
Posted: November 10, 2010 - 11:30 am ET
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AARP has launched an online tool that will allow consumers to compare prescription drugs based on price, safety and effectiveness.

The AARP Drug Savings Tool contains content from ConsumerReportsHealth.org, part of the not-for-profit Consumers Union network, and it uses a technology platform from DestinationRx, a Los Angeles-based company that provides online drug comparisons using comparative-effectiveness data.

Site visitors can choose any of 500 drugs in ConsumerReportsHealth.org’s database. They then receive detailed information on cost and effectiveness, along with "best buy" recommendations.

"Giving consumers access to drug comparisons, including cost information, helps them make better-informed decisions," Doris Peter, manager of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center, said in a news release. "We are pleased to collaborate with AARP so we can provide users with drug comparison information that will help improve safety and encourage discussions between patients and healthcare providers."

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