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You don’t have to buy out the pharmacy — but if you become ill, you’ll be glad you kept these supplies stocked

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With more than 200,000 cases of Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in the U.S., and widespread shelter-in-place orders, you may be thinking: What will I do if I get sick?


Here’s how to save money (and not get ripped off)

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About a month and a half ago, Jane*, a woman in her twenties, entered a Manhattan drugstore whose brand would be familiar to most Americans. She went to the pharmacy to pick up two prescriptions her doctor had sent in. One was for a new form of birth control, and while Jane was shocked to hear it would cost her $50, she nevertheless paid for it. For the other prescription, she was initially quoted a price of $80 — but it was her lucky day, the pharmacy staffer told her: A coupon he found behind the counter would reduce that…

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