Last updated: September 19, 2022
Have you considered purchasing your prescriptions online but held off due to the expense? Even worse, ordering online puts you at risk of purchasing medication that was manufactured overseas in laboratories with virtually no checks and balances in place. There is little doubt that up to now, ordering prescriptions online can be costly—in one way or another.
News broke earlier this year though that is bringing about a change to how people view the online pharmacy.
The back story
Dr. Alex Oshmyansky was a man with a plan and as fate would have it, he connected with someone who could help him bring it to fruition—billionaire investor, Mark Cuban. In an interview with Healthline, Alex shared how the relationship began. “I met Mark in a cold email that I sent to him on a whim. He is a genuinely good dude who likes people” he said.
Oshmyansky, a radiologist, who founded Osh Affordable Pharmaceuticals had seen firsthand what happens when patients couldn’t afford their medications—it wasn’t good. The astronomical cost of prescription drugs causes many people—especially the elderly—to forego their medications completely. They suffer the consequences, of course, but if there isn’t enough money in the account to cover all the expenses, there isn’t enough money.
Osh Affordable Pharmaceuticals is a nonprofit that helps people who can’t afford their prescription drugs. Currently, the company isn’t taking any new patients due to the extreme demand which speaks to the company’s success.
Forging a new path
Oshmyansky’s spontaneous pitch impressed Cuban. He chose to back him in his endeavor, made Alex the CEO of the company, and changed the company’s name. Like its pilot company, the Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Company is experiencing huge success. Again, proving the point that people will, indeed, keep taking their prescription medications when they can afford them.
Cuban expressed why he decided to get involved in a statement we found on Cost Plus Drug’s landing page. He said, “Everyone should have safe, affordable medicines with transparent prices.” And, the people are agreeing with him in droves!
We’ve driven home the need for affordable medicines, but we want to stress the fact that Cuban stipulated “safe” medicines too. In today’s world, when many online businesses spring up seemingly overnight, it’s easy to wind up giving your money to someone who is not who or what they claim to be. You can rest assured when purchasing your prescriptions online from Mark’s pharmacy, you’ll receive medication that was manufactured by reputable sources.
What they offer
Currently, Cost Plus Drugs offers more than 100 medications, some of which treat:
- Heart failure
- Parkinsons’s disease
- Mental health
Insurance isn’t accepted. Even so, the price of drugs sold in the online pharmacy is still less than what people pay out of pocket after insurance is applied! Another cost-cutter is the fact that the company only sells generic drugs. Critics believe that could limit the company’s influence to a degree.
However, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), here in the United States, 9 out of 10 prescriptions are filled for generic drugs. The issue is that a generic drug can’t be marketed until the brand-name drug’s patent has run out. This can equal waiting up to 20 years to introduce a new generic drug on the market.
One can always hope things will change.
The way of the future
Imagine not being able to afford the prescription medication that your doctor wants to be added to your daily regimen. Alex Oshmyansky witnessed the effect this had on people until he couldn’t stand it anymore because the consequences were heartbreaking.
Deciding to back Alex in his quest to bring affordable prescription medication to those who can’t afford it on their own is having a positive influence on millions of people. Now, they can follow the maintenance plan mapped out for them by their physician without wondering how they’ll make ends meet. Mark Cuban is not only an entrepreneur, he’s a humanitarian.
And, just as important as the medicine itself, is the fact that knowing someone cares and is doing something about it gives them a glimmer of hope. Maybe things aren’t as bleak as they seemed moments ago. Receiving a new lease on life shines in the forefront of the mind pretty brightly.
Thanks, Mark Cuban, for actively working to solve the problem of out-0f-control drug prices. Enabling people to fill their prescriptions online without fearing it’s going to cost more than they have in the account is causing a sigh of relief in many households.
Inflation is just going to keep rising higher and higher.
Not being able to afford the things we need in life is a tough thing to endure.
Filling online prescriptions using high-quality generic drugs and charging prices everyone can afford seems too good to be true. It’s not though. Mark Cuban’s online pharmacy is real.
Will big pharma follow suit and begin searching for ways to get prescription costs down so that fewer people feel they have to go without it?
Time will tell.
In the meantime, we keep moving forward, stepping up to help people along the way when we can. In doing so, we’re creating a ripple effect that might one day reach around the world.