TWITTER Week of July 27, 2020 (see last week)
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Consumer World Original
NBC recently debuted PeacockTV, a new streaming service. Like most big companies, they have an extensive terms and conditions statement on their website that drones on for nearly 10,000 words. Hidden in the fine print is something unexpected. Can you find it?
That is our Mouse Print* story this week.
A new Internet pharmacy located in Texas claims to offer generic drugs (only) not a penny above wholesale. They make money by charging a membership fee of $45 quarterly or $120 annually, and potentially from drug rebates. According to KDFW-TV which did a story about them, the pharmacy called Scriptco.com checks out as legitimate but is only licensed to do business in a number of states (MA does not require a license for an out-of-state pharmacy currently). The Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies also lists it as legitimate. Some customers say they have saved thousands of dollars, but that is on very expensive generics. Our spotchecks suggest that for cheaper generic drugs, the savings may not offset the membership fee. And sometimes, GoodRx.com and RxSaver.RetailMeNot.com are cheaper, sometimes much cheaper to start with. So the standard advice remains the same: no one pharmacy or discount program is lowest on every drug. You have to comparison shop.
The FDA said that there has been an increase in hand sanitizer recalls that are labeled to contain ethyl alcohol, or ethanol, but have tested positive for methanol, or wood alcohol. If methanol is absorbed through the skin, it can cause blindness and hospitalizations, or death if ingested. Some of these products have even been sold by Costco, Walmart, and other chains. Here is a complete list.
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