The state of Missouri launched a new Web
site Wednesday designed to pinpoint the least expensive
prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
The Web site, MoRx Price Compare, requires searchers to
supply their medication, dosage and either their
hometown, ZIP code or county and allows people to
search for generic equivalents for some drugs. It then
returns a list of pharmacies and drug prices.
According to a letter posted on the site from Lt. Gov.
Peter Kinder and Social Services Department Director
Deborah Scott, the reported prices are based on the
usual cost at that pharmacy and do not factor in
discounts or insurance.
A test of the Web site found it effective at searching
for drugs at the county level, but there were some
problems when searches were broken down by city and ZIP
code."This resource will help hold down the cost of
prescription drugs for Missourians by making it easier
for people to compare prices for the medicine they need
to stay healthy," Gov. Matt Blunt said in a written statement.