Pharmacist holding prescriptionConsumers abandon hundreds of thousands of prescriptions each yearat the pharmacy, often because of high prices. (Photo:Shutterstock)

When Mary Kay Gilbert saw her doctor in May for a skin infectionon her leg, she wasn't surprised to receive a prescription for anantibiotic cream.

But Gilbert, 54, a nurse and health consultant, was shocked whenher physician clicked on the desktop computer and told Gilbert themedicine would cost $30 on her Blue Cross and Blue Shield plan.

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