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Free Samples From A Doctor Or Other Health Care Provider

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Representatives from drug companies often leave free samples of their products as an enticement for a doctor to prescribe a particular medication.

If the doctor doesn't have any on hand, he or she may be able to get some for you by asking the pharmaceutical company representative.

It has been reported that some patients are able to get six months' worth of free samples in one visit. If your doctor knows that you are having difficulty paying for your medications, she may be able to provide you with a generous supply of samples.

Caution: Free samples tend to be samples of expensive drugs. If the samples run out, do not automatically fill a prescription for the drug. Call your local pharmacy to get an idea of price. If it is expensive, call your doctor and ask if there is a less expensive alternative (or if she has more free samples).

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