Category:Drug Samples

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Drug samples offer patients an opportunity to test a new medication at no cost before spending money on a full bottle or monthly supply. Consumers may obtain samples of prescription or over-the-counter drugs from various sources, but must consult a doctor before receiving any samples of prescriptions.

According to the Tufts Journal, pharmaceutical companies give health care practitioners more than $16 billion worth of free medication each year to pass on to consumers as samples. Typically, these samples are newer drugs that manufacturers are marketing to the public.[1]

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Types of drugs offered Prescription and OTC drugs[2] [3]
Offered by Drug manufacturers, doctors and retailers[2] [3]
Types of samples Trial packs, vouchers[2]
Prescription needed? Doctors' prescriptions are needed to redeem vouchers for prescription drugs[2]
Limitations Consumers may only be allowed one free sample pack[1]
Disclaimer The information provided by PharmacyDrugGuide is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Do not take any action based on the information on this page without consulting a physician.
Author Susan MacDowell
 
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About Prescription Drug Samples

There are two primary ways that pharmaceutical companies provide free samples of prescription drugs. In some cases, they provide trial-sized packages of medicine to doctor's offices, and physicians give these products directly to patients. In other cases, manufacturers offer vouchers for a free supply of medication to the consumer. Often in these cases, the official drug website has a printable coupon that patients may access from home, although doctors may also hand out these vouchers. Then, patients take the voucher, along with a prescription, to the pharmacy to receive their sample. Patients may be limited to just one voucher, and after using it they will need to pay for any further medication.[2]

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OTC Drug Samples

  • Free samples of OTC drugs are less than common than free prescription samples. However, some manufacturers send free trial-sized packs of over-the-counter medications such as pain relievers or flu medicine.
  • Walmart sometimes offers free samples of medicines and other items, and posts information on the latest sampling opportunities on its website.[4]
  • Target also offers a "Sample Spot" page on its website that alerts consumers of any free drug samples. Personal care items may also be available.[3]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 http://tuftsjournal.tufts.edu/2009/06_1/features/03/
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 https://www.ismp.org/newsletters/consumer/alerts/Samples.asp
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 http://samples.target.com/
  4. http://instoresnow.walmart.com/In-Stores-Now-Free-Samples-And-Savings.aspx

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