- about 12 percent of all Americans have received at least one free sample
- 13 percent of those with insurance were given a sample, while about 10 percent of those uninsured for all or part of the year got one, a statistically significant finding
- 72 percent had income above 200 percent of the federal poverty line, while 28 percent had incomes below that level
Why is this important to you? The author of the study initially thought that it was possible that the free medication samples had a good benefit which was to help provide a safety net to those with inadequate or no health insurance. However, this article only reinforces the perception that drug companies are out to market their medications, which isn't always in your best interest.