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5 Ways To Save At The Pharmacy

5 Ways To Save At The PharmacyWith medication costs going up and no real end in sight, and with more families and individuals joining high deductible plans that demand you pay $1000 or more before most of the benefits kick in, it’s becoming more and more important for people to find ways to save money on their prescription drugs. Fortunately, there are a few ways to save on the sticker price that go beyond relying on your insurance copay.

1. Ask For Generics

Doctors generally prescribe generic medication whenever they can, but a few doctors are like many patients and believe that name-brand medications are in some way better than their lower-priced counterparts. At the same time, patients have the right to ask for a brand-name prescription, and if you avoid doing so you can definitely save a lot of money at the pharmacy.

2. Get A Sample

Many pharmaceutical companies offer free samples of long-term medication to doctors, but busy doctors don’t always remember to offer these to their patients. These samples aren’t just a week or two of free medication, they’re also a way for you to discover whether the drug is effective in your case.

3. Buy Strong And Split The Pills

For a lot of medications, the price is independent of the strength, which means you pay the same for a 50 mg tablet and a 100 mg tablet. But if you only need the smaller dose, you can buy the pills that are twice as strong and then cut them in half with a pill splitter, cutting your costs in the process. However, you should also make sure you aren’t cutting an extended release pill, since they need to be intact to work correctly.

4. Ask For A Discount

Pharmacists are as aware of the rising cost of medicine as anyone else, and so many pharmacies run promotions, discounts, loyalty rewards, and other programs that lower the price of prescription drugs. Taking advantage of these savings is often as easy as asking about them.

5. Get A Pharmacy Discount Card

Like most of its fellows, the USA Rx pharmacy discount card offers up to 75 percent in savings over the sticker price. Our program is completely free for our members, and if you can get a better discount through your insurance or a pharmacy sale you’re free to use that instead. All we need from you to sign up is your name and an email address, so you have no reason not to use our services on top of all your other money-saving measures. For more information, you can send us an email at [email protected] or call us at 888-277-3911.

Published September 15th, 2016 by Stephanie Clegg
Fact Checked by Chris Riley

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