HOUSTON - A recent Gallup poll found 18 million Americans were unable to pay for a prescription medication due to rising costs, and one in ten have had to skip doses.
That's why Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban just launched a new online pharmacy that sells drugs for at much lower costs.
Thousands of people have already signed up since the site opened on Wednesday.
It's called Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Company. A company statement says it's starting with 100 drugs it purchases directly from manufacturers, cutting out the middlemen and markups.
It says, for example, the leukemia drug Imatinib retails for $9600 a month, the lowest price with a common voucher is $120 a month, and on Cost Plus Drug it's 47 a month.
And Mesalamine, a treatment for ulcerative colitis, retails for $940 a month, the lowest price with a common voucher is $102 a month but is listed on Cost Plus Drug at $32.40 a month.
It says prices are set by the manufacturer's price, plus a 15% margin and a $3 dollar pharmacist fee.
Cost Plus does not accept insurance, so customers will need to pay cash. It has partnered with digital healthcare company Truebill, which facilitates transactions and delivery.
Cost Plus is building a factory in Dallas.