Consumer: Low-cost drugs, smishing scam, longer layaway

August 20, 2012 3:31:26 PM PDT
We all know generic drugs are far cheaper than brand-name drugs. But some people still prefer brand-name, and if you're one of them, we have some good news.

LOW-COST BRAND-NAME DRUGS

Now there's a way to get lower-cost brand-name drugs even after the generic is introduced.

Many drug makers are offering coupons to reduce co-payments on medicines, including Lipitor, Plavix, Diovan and prescription medications for depression and breast cancer.

The coupons bring the cost down to as little as $4 a month versus the typical $25 to $50 a month. However, they only work if you have private insurance.

To get the co-payment coupons, check out the following links:

www.lipitor.com

www.diovan.com

www.gskforyou.com

SMISHING SCAM, I-MESSAGES

Tech experts are warning about a new way criminals are trying to get your personal info. It's called SMISHING, when a phishing message is sent to you via SMS text message.

To protect yourself, don't click on any links and forward smishing texts to 7726 so your cell phone provider can mark them as abuse.

And here's another warning for smart phone users.

Apple is advising customers to steer clear of traditional text messaging and instead opt for its own 'i-message' service. The company says texting can leave users vulnerable to spoofing attacks.

LONGER LAYAWAY

Walmart is expanding its layaway program for the holidays, giving shoppers more time to spread out their payments.

The new program will start a month earlier than last year's and include more items, like small home appliances and select sporting goods as well as toys and electronics.

The program begins September 16th and ends December 14th.

Walmart does require that each layaway items be priced at $15 or more, and the total layaway purchase must be at least $50.


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