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9/14/04-Tyler

Senior Expo

"Older people can't afford expensive drugs especially on a fixed income." That's how Doris Spardline feels about the high cost of prescription drugs.

She says she's often gotten to the pharmacy to buy a prescription her doctor says she needs and received sticker shock when the drug was rung up.

"You are shocked to get 30 tablets for over 100 dollars," she says.

A recent study found many seniors over 62 are in the same boat as Doris. They're finding their prescriptions too costly and cutting back on pills. The study also found many seniors never tell their doctors they're cutting back. But they study found if you tell your doctor, you may get help.

The study found most patients who spoke up were given free samples by their doctor. 30 percent were told about prescription payment plans and 28 percent say they were told where to buy the drugs for less. Only 31 percent say their doctors did nothing to help.

Because of the high cost of drug and heath care today many seniors are looking for cheaper options on their own as well. That's why Irv Ahlgrin showed up at today's senior health expo in Tyler. By coming here for medical tests, he's saving money and can spend more on prescription drugs. Doris is doing the same thing.

"It's very expensive to be tested for a disease that will kill you," she says

By coming here today both are saving money for prescriptions and saving their health.

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