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Prescription Drugs in Nebraska: A Survey of Experiences and Opinions

In 2003, the average price of a retail prescription in Nebraska was $49.08 and retail prescriptions filled per capita were 10.8, slightly above the national average. This study examines how Nebraskans age 18 and up are being affected by the costs of prescription drugs. In addition, survey respondents were asked about proposed legislation that would create a statewide prescription drug discount program, establish a state preferred drug list, and provide consumers with access to information comparing safety, effectiveness, and costs of prescription drugs.

Of the 1,000 Nebraska residents surveyed by telephone…

  • 84 percent support offering a statewide prescription drug discount for low and middle income individuals without prescription drug coverage
  • 94 percent believe it is important for consumers to have access to information that compares safety, effectiveness, and costs of prescription drugs
  • 57 percent are concerned about being able to afford the cost of needed prescription drugs in the next two years
  • 34 percent have experienced a problem paying for prescription drugs in the past 12 months

The 2005 random telephone survey of self-identified registered voters was conducted by Woelfel Research between February 2nd and 14th. The sample included 800 age 18+ Nebraskans with an additional sample of 200 age 50+ residents. Further information about the study may be obtained from its author, Dr. Silberman, at 202/434-6339. (21 pages)

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