These days the price of prescription drugs can seem harder to swallow than the pills themselves. Operators of health-related hot lines say they've been swamped with calls from consumers looking for cheaper alternatives. For young families and seniors - two groups that tend to use more medications - the costs can be eye-popping. While there may not be a ready cure for the nation's soaring healthcare costs, there are a number of cost-cutting tips to ease the pain. Here are some favorites from pharmacists who help callers at MassMedLine, 866-633-1617 or www.massmedline.com, a free information service run by the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
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