From Pharmacy Drug Guide
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.
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|Types of drugs offered||Prescription and OTC drugs |
|Offered by||Drug manufacturers, doctors and retailers |
|Types of samples||Trial packs, vouchers|
|Prescription needed?||Doctors' prescriptions are needed to redeem vouchers for prescription drugs|
|Limitations||Consumers may only be allowed one free sample pack|
|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.|
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.
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.
- 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.
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