Ways to cut pre­scrip­tion drug costs

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pare prices at dif­fer­ent phar­ma­cies in the area, and to find coupons too, which will cut the cost even far­ther. Drug prices vary wildly be­tween phar­ma­cies and GoodRx finds you the low­est prices and dis­counts.

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 dol

lar signs. A phar­macy tech told me re­cently that she will have pa­tients call the doc­tor for cheaper op­tions once she shows them what the first will cost. More than likely there is a less ex­pen­sive op­tion that will be just as ef­fec­tive. PILL SPLIT­TING. A $5 pill split­ter just might save you 50 per­cent on the cost of your med­i­ca­tion. Be­cause of a quirk of 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. AS­SIS­TANCE PRO­GRAMS. From time to time gov­ern­ment pro­grams, non

prof­its and drug man­u­fac­tur­ers of­fer deeply dis­counted or no-cost medicines. To find out the lat­est in­for­ma­tion on what is avail­able, I highly rec­om­mend the Part­ner­ship for Pre

scrip­tion As­sis­tance web­site (pparx.org). BIG BOX STORE PRO­GRAMS. Many dis­count store chains like Wal­mart, Publix, Tar­get, Mei­jer and Costco of

fer deeply dis­counted generic medicines for $4 to $10. Some medicines, like an­tibi­otics or pre-natal vi­ta­mins are of­fered free at some of th­ese stores . © 2016 CRE­ATORS.COM


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