Every day we receive phone calls, emails, and comments from patients about the staggering prices they pay for the prescription medications they need. People are struggling to afford their medical bills. We get it. That’s why we are providing tips to help you save money at the pharmacy counter.
Here’s how to receive discounts on your prescription drugs:
1. Compare Rx Drug Prices at Different Pharmacies
It may come as surprise, but medication prices vary from one pharmacy to another. This is because pharmacies negotiate rates with drug manufacturers for the various medications they carry. Each pharmacy negotiates different prices, which means you could be asked to pay $65 when filling your prescription at one pharmacy and only $45 when filling the same prescription at another pharmacy.
One of the easiest ways to save money on your medication is to do a quick price comparison online before heading to the pharmacy. At ScriptSave WellRx, we provide a free cost-checking tool so you can compare Rx drug prices in your area and find the best discount.
2. Use a Prescription Discount Card
Regardless of whether you have health insurance or not, you can save money at the pharmacy counter by using a prescription discount card. Rx savings programs work by negotiating discounted cash prices on both generic and brand name medications. Patients can then receive cheaper prescriptions by showing their Rx card at participating pharmacies. It’s really that simple.
Most savings cards, including ScriptSave WellRx, are totally free to use, and they are accepted at pharmacies nationwide. For some patients, using a prescription discount card to pay cash for their medication may be cheaper than their insurance co-pay!
3. Ask Your Doctor or Pharmacist About Other Options
Your healthcare provider is also a great resource when looking for alternative ways to save money on your prescriptions. If you’re having trouble affording your medications, remember to ask your doctor or pharmacist if there are cheaper generic versions available, or if any other cost-saving alternatives exist.
4. Redeem Drug Manufacturer Coupons
If you are taking a brand name medication, the drug company manufacturing it may offer a coupon which can be applied to the cash price of your prescription. The best way to find out if there are any manufacturer coupons available for your medication is to check the drug company’s website for valid discount offers.
5. Consider a Prescription Assistance Program
Depending on your situation and what medications you’ve been prescribed, you may be eligible to receive additional help through the Medicine Assistance Tool (MAT) provided by the pharmaceutical industry trade organization PhRMA—Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. MAT is a program that connects patients with available medication assistance resources based on the information they provide.
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