When you have a prescription to fill, you’re not always sure how much it will cost. Since prescription drug prices aren’t regulated, your costs may vary depending on the store you visit. That means you could spend $100 on the same drug someone else is getting for $10 in a pharmacy a few streets away.
Sadly, insurance isn’t as helpful as you would hope. Plus, it’s only gotten worse in the past 10 years. According to our sponsor, GoodRx, insurance companies have started passing up to 80% of the cost of drugs onto patients.
Luckily, there are tons of free resources like GoodRx that gather current prices and discounts to help you buy the medicine you need at affordable prices. We also found a few other game-changing tips that can help you save money on your medications. Check them out so you can spend less of your hard-earned money on prescriptions!
1. Talk to your doctor about sample packs
If you’re switching to an expensive new medication, you might want to sample the drugs before dropping big money on them. After all, you want to make sure they work! It’s a good way to ensure you don’t have any terrible side effects before filling the prescription.
Free samples are also a great option when you’re you’re strapped for cash. Ask your doctor for drug samples. Not all offices provide them, but if you’re lucky, you may be able to leave with a sample pack. Since some medications can cost an arm and a leg, taking this route can save you hundreds of dollars.
2. Check out some mail-order pharmacies
You probably know by now that a lot of goods are cheaper when you buy them online. That’s because many brick-and-mortar stores may need to boost prices to pay their rent (along with employee salaries and other costs). Medications are included under this umbrella.
Mail-order pharmacies can afford to sell cheaper medications than your local pharmacy, which has extra overhead costs.
3. Look for government assistance programs
Depending on how much you make in a year, you could qualify for your state or local government’s prescription drug assistance programs. The barrier for entry varies by your income or location, of course.
If you want to learn more about programs in your area, check out the Partnership for Prescription Assistance or your state’s Pharmaceutical Assistance Program. You may end up saving hundreds of dollars in the long run!
4. Ask the pharmacist for any resources
Don’t qualify for either of the programs mentioned above? Don’t worry. You can also ask your local pharmacy if it has any free prescription drug programs.
Some stores will even share free medications or antibiotics for people with diabetes or high blood pressure. So reach out and ask if they offer any free goods for folks in need. Remember, it never hurts to ask!
This is how Kim discovered GoodRx. A year ago, she got a prescription from her doctor for a rash on her arm. The pharmacist told her she’d have to pay $175 for a tiny container of cortisone cream. “Isn’t there something else we could do?” she asked.
“Give me a second,” he said. Then he pulled up a website that dropped her costs from $175 all the way down to $35.
5. Use GoodRx to get your medications at the very best price
You can get savings of up to 80%. Even better, you don’t have to sign up or give any personal information. That’s right: You don’t have to worry about data collection or log-in details to remember. GoodRx just wants to bring you the best prices.
The pharmacist just scanned Kim’s price and she was good to go. Kim couldn’t believe she’d gotten such a good deal. She knew she had to share the news with her readers, so she asked GoodRx to set up a special landing page for you.
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Head to goodrx.com/kim to get started. Here’s to big savings!