7 Ways to Cut the High Cost of Prescription Drugs

Hello there! From time to time we at the business desk are pleased to bring you an article of interest and for this week we have a great one for you! We now invite you to read on! The Sterling Creations team +++++++++++++++ Contributed by Dan Thompson 7 Ways to Cut the High Cost of Prescription Drugs These days the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs is enough to give you a heart attack. If medication drug costs have got you down, cheer up! Then check out these seven ways you can save money on prescription medications- plus where to get some medicines (antibiotics!) for free. 1. GOODRX.COM. What a fantastic website-no sign-up or credit card required. Just type in the drug name plus your zip code-or download the mobile app for IOS and Android-to compare prices at different pharmacies in the area AND get coupons to cut the cost even further. Drug prices vary wildly between pharmacies and GoodRx finds you the lowest prices plus discounts on top of the published price. Here’s some examples: in Los Angeles for 90 capsules of 300mg Gabapentin (generic Neurontin): Kmart: $12.92. Rite Aid $55.49. Safeway: $13.17. Target $16.38; Walgreens $29.29. Within just a few miles the price for that particular medication is all over the place. GoodRx.com makes sure you get the lowest price available. Here’s another example: 30 tablets 20mg Lipitor (generic). The estimated cash price is $80.10. With GoodRx Coupon: $10.63. That’s a savings of 87%. 2. THE DOC TALK. Usually doctors don’t keep up with the retail price of medications they prescribe-they’re thinking in terms of successful treatment not dollar signs. A pharmacy tech told me recently that routinely she recommend patients call their doctor for a cheaper option once she shows them what the medication prescribed will cost. Don’t be afraid to make that call. More than likely there is a less expensive option that will be just as effective. 3. PILL SPLITTING. A $5 pill splitter just might save you 50% on the cost of your medication. Because of a quirk in how some drugs are priced, a tablet that’s twice as strong as another may not be twice the price. In fact, it might be about the same price. So, sometimes, cutting a higher strength pill in half can get you two doses for about the price of one. With a little manual labor-just snapping down the lid of a pill cutter with your finger-pill splitting can save quite a lot of money. Talk to your doctor. Not all prescription pills are splittable, but the one you take just might be. According to WebMD, some pills that are commonly split include: statins like Crestor, Lipitor and Pravachol; antidepressants like Celexa, Paxil, and Zoloft; ACE-Inhibitors like Monopril, Prinivil, Univasc and Zestril; and angiotensin receptor blockers like Avapro and Cozaar. 4. ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS. From time to time government programs, non-profits and drug manufacturers offer deeply discount or even no-cost medicines. To find out the latest information on what is available, I highly recommend the Partnership for Prescription Assistance website. " Home | Partnership for Prescription Assistance" www.pparx.org/?utm_source=Everyday+Cheapskate <https://www.pparx.org/?utm_source=Everyday+Cheapskate&utm_campaign=340805d3 70-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3eccb93339-340805d370-67655377> &utm_campaign=340805d370-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3eccb93339-340805d370- 67655377 Once there, simply enter the name of the medication or the manufacturer then click "Get Help Now" to discover if there are currently programs and assistance with the cost of that medication. Also check with disease related associations such as the American Cancer Society www.cancer.org/?utm_source=Everyday+Cheapskate <http://www.cancer.org/?utm_source=Everyday+Cheapskate&utm_campaign=340805d3 70-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3eccb93339-340805d370-67655377> &utm_campaign=340805d370-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3eccb93339-340805d370- 67655377 or the American Diabetes Association diabetes.org/?utm_source=Everyday%20Cheapskate&utm_campaign=340805d37 0-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3eccb93339-340805d370-67655377 for help in locating less expensive options that relate to those diagnoses. 5. BIG BOX STORE PROGRAMS. Many discount store chains like Walmart, Publix, Target, Meijer and Costco offer deeply discounted generic medicines for $4 to $10. Some medicines, like antibiotics or pre-natal vitamins are offered free at some of these stores. Costco’s assistance is available for members only and it is fantastic-well worth the price of membership if you do not already have prescription drug insurance coverage. 6. AARP DISCOUNTS. If you’re eligible (age 50 or older), look into joining AARP as their members receive many discounts including mail-order pharmacy discounts through reputable distributors. 7. BUY IN BULK. Certain medications (cholesterol statins for example) are often available for a greatly discounted price in a 90-day supply. You may be required to order by mail order to get that price. It’s sure worth looking into. From Mary Hunt’s Everyday Cheapskate, July 10, 2015. Note from Dan: I have checked all the links and recommendations and all still applies today.

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