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RX prices to drop

76 –year-old Freda Hewitt could use a little help when it comes to paying for her prescriptions.

"I wish that they would give the senior citizens a break. I know everybody would like a break on their medicines," said Hewitt.

Hewitt says the cost of her medication just keeps going up and up.

"I just had a prescription filled yesterday that I've been paying $33 for. Well it had gone up $2," said Hewitt.

While $2 may not seem like a lot to some people, it certainly matters to Hewitt, who is on a fixed income.

The $33 Hewitt pays for that one prescription is only a scratch of the surface on her long list of prescription medication.

"I have to get a shot every month and even after the insurance pays their part, I still have to pay $70. I take about nine different prescriptions, so it really runs me into some money," said Hewitt.

Well there is good news on the way for the millions of people who use prescription drugs.

The cost of prescription medicine is about to drop, tremendously.

"Well it'd be a lot better if I didn't have to pay for all that. You know when you pay $70 for one thing it soon adds up," said Hewitt.

Over the next couple of months, generic versions of seven of the world's 20 best-selling drugs will hit the market.

Generic medicines have the same chemical make up as the original brand-name drugs and work just as well for most patients.

This is great news for Hewitt and people like her… so much in fact, Hewitt decided to celebrate with a little dance.

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