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Letter: E-prescriptions trap consumers

Medicare's annual open enrollment period starts Thursday, Oct.

Medicare's annual open enrollment period starts Thursday, Oct. 15. Credit: iStock

I understand the reasoning for moving toward electronic prescriptions for narcotics or drugs that have street value [“Rx directions: Goodbye!” News, Feb. 28], but there should be an alternative for those of us who want a prescription on paper.

The article states that you could call first, ask the price, and then have the prescription sent.

That isn’t right. I’ve called, and many pharmacies won’t give a price for a drug over the phone.

A number of years ago, my husband needed a prescription to ease mouth sores, after dealing with the ravages of radiation and chemotherapy, so that he could eat.

We brought the prescriptions to a large drugstore chain, which wanted $100. Since it was not covered by insurance, we took the paper prescription to another discount pharmacy, which charged $26.52.

If the e-script is sent to one place, I will be forced to pay its price.

Barbara Obstgarten, Port Jefferson Station