Jacobs Unveils New Consumer Website That Lists Drug Prices in Local Neighborhoods

Website enables consumers to search neighborhood pharmacies for best price
February 26, 2008
Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs (D-Flatbush) joined Governor Spitzer and others in the announcement of a new state website that allows consumers to easily compare prescription drug prices for the 150 most commonly prescribed drugs at pharmacies in their neighborhoods.

According to Jacobs, the website searches drug prices by zip code, city, or county; provides brand-name and generic drug prices; lists pharmacies’ addresses and phone numbers; and provides directions.

Features of www.rx.nyhealth.gov include:

  • Regular updated prices for the 150 most frequently prescribed drugs from data provided by the Medicaid system.
  • All pharmacies that participate in Medicaid – 89 percent of all pharmacies in the state.
  • Prices for drugs at their most common quantity, strength and dosage. For example, while Amoxicillin is available in several different doses, the most common price for the most frequently prescribed strength, quantity and dosage form will be shown.
  • A Frequently Asked Questions page; a “Contact Us” page; and a consumer information section with links to websites that provide information on prescriptions and programs that can help consumers obtain their medications.

New Yorkers without Internet can access the website through their local libraries or senior citizen centers.

“I applaud the governor and the New York State Health Department for creating this incredible resource for New Yorkers,” said Jacobs. “Easy access to this information will empower patients and provide for comparison shopping all while saving seniors and others money.”