One thing most of us will discover is that at some point in our lives, a doctor will issue us a prescription… whether it’s to treat an acute medical problem or as maintenance for a chronic condition. Even if you’ve got insurance that covers prescriptions, the price of your medicine can be one heck of a shock.
Don’t let the cost dissuade you from getting the care you need. If you’re looking for way to save, follow these five easy steps to save big on prescription medications.
Ask for Generics
While name-brand medication is sometimes the best option, your doctor may write prescriptions for generic equivalents. The savings can be substantial. Take, for example, Tegretol, a widely-prescribed medicine used to treat seizures, migraines, and neuralgia. At most major pharmacies, expect to pay around $100 for this medication. The generic version (carbemazepine) costs as little as $4 at those same pharmacies.
Every time I’ve ever sat in the waiting room of a doctor’s office, at least one pharmaceutical rep enters, their rolling cases packed full of samples. If your doctor prescribes a medicine, chances are they have a sample or two of that same product sitting in an office. This is a perfect way to save on prescriptions.
Contact Manufacturer for Discount Programs
A recent trip to the pharmacy cost me almost $75 for a single brand-name asthma inhaler. After visiting the manufacturer’s website, I was able to print out a discount coupon for up to $20 per refill off that same inhaler for up to six refills. That’s a substantial savings.
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance is a joint effort by pharmaceutical companies that helps direct patients to the program that best suits their needs. In many cases, patients may qualify for free or reduced prices on their prescription medications. According to the Food and Drug Administration, “The PPA provides a single point of access to more than 275 public and private PAPs, including more than 150 programs offered by drug companies.”
Order 90-Day Supplies Through the Mail
Some health care plans provide discounts for prescriptions filled through the mail and in larger quantities, rather than at actual pharmacy storefronts. You might be surprised at how much cheaper the same medications are through the mail, often from the same chain stores you already use.
Print Out Coupons
You’ve probably used coupons for over-the-counter allergy, cold, or pain medicine. Did you know you could also print out coupons for prescription meds? Visit InternetDrugCoupons.com for both name brand and generic equivalents of hundreds of medications… everything from mouthwash and skin care products to heart and asthma medicine.
While you may not be able to avoid the use of prescription medications, it’s entirely possible to save money on them — even after applying your insurance coverage — simply by following the above tips.