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New Car Price Reports---frequency of updates
Auto manufacturers and dealers do not have standard times when they change prices. Because of this, Consumer Reports® closely monitors the auto industry to reflect the most current price changes. At any time during the model year, the prices on your report will reflect recent price updates.
 
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Consumer Rebates and Frequency of Updates
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Best Buy Drugs
 
Why did Consumers Union initiate the Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs project?
This project helps fill an important gap in consumers' understanding of prescription medicines. It will tell you about the drugs available to treat specific illnesses and diseases, the differences among them, and how they stack up against each other. Our independent and unbiased reports will help you talk with your doctor about your treatment options, and improve your chances of getting a prescription medicine that both suits your medical needs and gives you the best value for your health care dollar. Our reports will also help you take your medicines safely, and stick with your treatment regimens.

What if my doctor or pharmacist rejects your recommendations or Best Buy Drug picks?
This is certainly possible. Our Best Buy Drug picks are intended to inform the general public. However, your individual medical circumstances may dictate the need for a drug that we have not recommended. We do believe that our advice will apply to most people who need medicines in the categories we evaluate. The important thing is to open a dialogue with your doctor about why he or she is choosing a particular drug for you. If your doctor rejects the scientifically based information we present, we think it is reasonable for you to expect an explanation.

How should I use the Best Buy Drugs information?
The information on this Web site is not intended to replace the judgment of your doctors or pharmacists. It is meant to arm you with information to enhance communication with your health care providers. We urge you to print out the reports and show them to your doctor and/or pharmacist. Some doctors and pharmacists are not as familiar as others with the kind of scientific evaluations our reports are based on. Also, studies show that many doctors don't typically take price into account when prescribing medicines, even for people who have no insurance coverage. So this information could help you open that discussion. The evidence shows quite strongly that many lower-cost drugs (such as generics) are just as effective as more expensive brand-name drugs.

How do we pick our Best Buy Drugs?
Our Best Buy picks are based on assessments of all the drugs in a class, and a comparison of the drugs in that class to each other. The main criteria we use are a drug's effectiveness, it's safety, the side effects it may cause, it's convenience of use (for example, how many pills you have to take each day), its track record in studies and actual use, and of course how much it costs relative to others drugs. There is no set formula for choosing our Best Buys. The factors differ in each category, and some of those factors are quite subtle. However, in general, our Best Buys are chosen because they are: (a) as effective as all the other drugs in the category, or more so; (b) as safe and cause no more - and usually fewer - side effects than other drugs in the category; and (c) cost less on average than other drugs in the category. That is not always true, though. Several of the Best Buys have been chosen because of their superior effectiveness or safety profile even though they cost more. Overall, a drug's effectiveness is the most important criteria in choosing our Best Buys.

Can I use the information provided in the Best Buy Drug reports to buy drugs online?
Yes, once you and your doctor choose the drug that's best for you, you can shop for it anywhere to try and get the best price. You will likely be able to beat the prices we cite by shopping online, where drugs are usually less expensive. You will also likely be able to get better prices at the large discount store in your area. Just like other products, many drugs are less expensive at such stores. If your doctor and you settle on several drug treatment options, you may want to shop online or at different stores to see which one is the least expensive under the terms of your health plan's coverage. Be careful to use only reputable online Web sites.

Can I use the information provided in the Best Buy Drug reports to buy drugs from Canada?
Yes. If you and your doctor identify your treatment options, it may be worth evaluating whether you can save money by filling your prescriptions from a Canadian pharmacy Web site. The U.S. government permits such drug purchases for personal use only. Be aware that generic drugs are not less expensive in Canada or from Canadian Web sites. Only brand-name drugs are. We urge you to read our publication "Getting the Best Price on Your Drugs" when purchasing prescription medicines. It offers advice about buying from Canada or other foreign Web sites.

Will the prices for drugs in the Best Buy Drug reports reflect what I'll pay at the pharmacy?
They might not. First, if you have drug coverage, you'll only pay part of the cost for your drugs out of your own pocket. Your employer pays the rest. The prices and monthly costs we cite in our reports reflect the total cost paid for a drug, and they reflect the average price based on a nationwide sample of stores and pharmacies. Also, the prices we present reflect those paid by cash-paying customers (for example, people without health insurance). As such, they don't include the discounts that your health plan or pharmacy benefit manager negotiates. The prices for drugs vary quite widely. So, if you are paying significantly more than the average price we cite for a drug, you may want to check other places you could buy the drug and talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the dilemma.

What is a generic drug? Are they just as good as brand name drugs?
A generic drug is a copy of a brand name drug, using the same active ingredients that work in the same way in the body. Generic drugs come in the same dosages as brand name drugs, and they have the same risks and benefits as their brand-name counterparts. The FDA holds both brand-name and generic drug facilities to the same high standards of good manufacturing processes. Generic drugs become available when a brand drug losses its patent protection. Generic drugs make up about half of all prescriptions. They can be viewed as "tried and true" and tested by time. However, in some cases (and not as often as is commonly believed) newer brand name drugs have fewer side effects or are more effective. Generic drugs are almost always less expensive than brands.
 
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