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Consumer Reports May 2018: Rising Prescription Drug Costs

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Check out these topics in the May issue of Consumer Reports:

Paying Less for PrescriptionsPrescription drugs in medicine case

This month’s cover article is “How to Pay Less for Your Meds.” In 2016, total drug costs were 6.3 percent higher than in 2015. The high drug costs are forcing some Americans to make lifestyle changes–spending less on entertainment and groceries, taking a second job, putting off doctor’s visits or not taking medications as often as prescribed. Consumer Reports identifies six ways to lower your drug costs and information on how to shop around for the best prices. 

Gas Grills

With summer approaching, it is time to start thinking about grilling.  If you are in the market for a new grill, check out the “Gas Grills to Get Fired Up About” for reviews on small, mid-sized and large gas grills.

Healthy Frozen Vegetables

Do you like fresh vegetables, but can’t use them up before they spoil? Frozen vegetables last longer and take less time to prepare. But are they healthy? A recent University of California, Davis, study of eight produce items (including blueberries, carrots, peas and strawberries) found little difference in the nutrient contents of the fresh vs. frozen produce. Check out the ratings for frozen cauliflower (a new trend) and frozen mixed vegetables.  Consumer Reports’ nutritionists also offer tips on the best ways to prepare frozen vegetables.

Also in this issue:

  • “What Your Smart TV Knows About You”
  • Reviews for wireless headphones
  • Hazards of dressers that can tip over and cause injury
  • Ratings for luxury compact cars with all-wheel drive, large SUVs, and luxury large SUVs

Each branch of the Fauquier County Library has the print issues of Consumer Reports from 2013 up to the current issue. The Find It Virginia databases have an index to the issues from February 1, 1976 to the current issue, and the full-text of the reviews from January 1, 1999 to June 1, 2009. You can access Find It Virginia from any library computer, or from home with your Fauquier County Public Library card. You can also see past summaries of Consumer Reports prepared by library staff online.

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