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Don't Fall For It Prescription Drugs Scam
March 2, 2011

A senior citizen called your Better Business Bureau very upset because
she and her husband were trying to get the many prescriptions they
take at no cost, and thought they had found the answer.

She got information from a company called the "Bureau of Prescription
Help." which seemed to promise help in getting free medicines. The
form she received asked for the names of their medications and the
prescribing doctor.

Then came the catch. She had to send in $10 for each prescription and
the process would start. Between her and her husband, that would add
up to about $100 dollars, money they don't have.

She called your BBB, where we looked up the report for this company,
also doing business as the Free Medicine Foundation in Missouri. The
St. Louis Better Business Bureau has given an "F" rating due to
unanswered and unresolved complaints and the fact that the BBB has
questioned the company's use of the words free and foundation in its
name. They say the firm is not a foundation or a charity, and the
Bureau believes that can mislead consumers.

Pharmaceutical companies do have programs available for qualifying
persons to receive certain low or no cost medicines. The Partnership
for Prescription Assistance has a website at helpingpatients.org for
people to get information - and their site even says they will not ask
you for money to process a request. You might also be able to get
information from your doctor or pharmacist.