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Can I Use My Discount Card For a Rite Aid Prescription Refill?

Many prescriptions medications must be taken on a regular basis, which requires getting them refilled. Chronic medical conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes require the daily intake of medications that can treat the condition and help maintain good health. These medications can usually be filled as 30-day or 90-day supplies depending on the type of medication and your insurance policy. For chronic health conditions, it is absolutely essential that you do not run out of your medication by getting your prescriptions refilled on time. An estimated    three out of four Americans do not take their medication as prescribed. One of the reasons for this could be due to inefficiency of getting their prescriptions refilled. Another reason could be due to the cost of having to take a life-long drug that requires paying for the drug every time you get it refilled. The cost burden of long-term drugs is definitely a major factor for people not taking their prescription medications as directed. With some insurance plans, the maximum yearly limit might be reached before you have refilled your medication to last you for the entire year. This can happen if you are prescribed an expensive brand name drug for which there is no generic option available. Some health conditions do not have the choice of cheaper drugs available. In these cases, how do you keep the costs of your medication down in order to afford keeping your prescription refilled on time? 

Prescription discount cards can help with this problem. These are cards that give you a discounted price over the market list price of a certain drug. Certain pharmacies have their own discount cards that you can sign up for to enable savings on your prescriptions, while others are more versatile discount cards that can help you save on medications across multiple pharmacies. These cards give you more flexibility on where you purchase your prescription. Rite Aid pharmacies is one of the major chain pharmacies in the United States that accepts discount cards for prescription drugs. 

What is a prescription discount card? 

Most prescription discount cards are offered by organizations called Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) that negotiate discounted prices on drugs with pharmacies. Usually, the PBMs set a certain percentage discount on the retail of price of the drug that will be available to the customer. These discounted prices are can be availed at any pharmacy that the PBMs have negotiated a discounted price with. In return, the PBMs get a transaction fee every time the drug is purchased at a participating pharmacy. This agreement works well for both the pharmacy that can attract more customers with their discounted prices, and for the PBMs that get a small fee every time the drug is purchased. 

Discount cards accepted at Rite Aid

How do you get a prescription discount card to use at Rite Aid? Rite Aid offers discounted prices on prescription drugs if you apply a drug coupon or drug card when you fill a prescription. There are many choices for a discount card that are available. How do you know which one to choose? It is best to look for specific features of the card, like:

  • Free of cost
  • Can be widely used
  • Does not ask for confidential personal information 
  • Is accepted at your pharmacy of choice

Some of the major discount cards that are accepted at Rite Aid pharmacies are listed here: 

SingleCare card

The SingleCare discount card is a popular option for prescription drug savings that works at Rite Aid Pharmacies across the nation. SingleCare partners directly with Rite Aid to enable savings. Signing up for the card is free and can be used instead of health insurance to save more on some drugs. 

Easy Drug Discount card

The Easy Drug discount card is also valid at all Rite Aid stores across the country and can also be used at some other major pharmacies like Walgreens and CVS. This card states that you can save up to 80% on certain prescription drugs and is also free of cost. 

Rite Aid Rx savings program 

Rite Aid has their own saving program on prescription drugs called the Rite Aid Rx Savings Program. If you sign up for this program, you can get 15% or more savings on brand name and generic drugs. It also gives you the ability to purchase a 30-day supply of certain generic drugs for $9.99 or a 90-day supply of generic drugs for $15.99. The good part of this program is that membership is free and all you need is a membership card to get these savings on drugs that are included with the savings program. 

USA Rx card 

Some discount cards can give you more flexibility than others. One such card is available from USA Rx. If you are looking for a discount card that includes more prescription drugs than what is available through pharmacy-specific programs or cards, this card is right for you. The USA Rx discount card can be used at more than 90% of pharmacies across the nation and helps you get the maximum discounted price on drugs through partnership with PBMs that have negotiated discounted prices with these pharmacies. This card is also completely free and you can sign up for it online. Just take the card in with you the next time you fill your prescription to get savings. 

How to use your discount card for refills 

Rite offers several options to refill your prescription and make the process easier and faster for you. They offer the ability to refill your prescription online. They also have an Automated Courtesy Refill system that automatically refills qualifying prescriptions a few days before they run out. You will receive a notification when your refill is ready to be picked up. You will also be notified when you are on your last refill, so you can contact your physician and make sure you do not run out of your medication. 
The ‘OneTripRefills’ service offered by Rite Aid also coordinates refills on all your prescriptions so you can pick them all up together at the same time. This is to help you get your refills on time with ease and you are sent a reminder when your refills are ready to be picked up. 

To make sure that the discounted price applies to your refill, you must present your card every time you purchase the refill. You can also talk to your pharmacist about applying the discounted price with your card on future refills. Since the discounted price of drugs using your discount card can vary from pharmacy and also vary over time depending on the deals that the PBMs make with pharmacies, it is recommended to check the price of the prescription drug on websites like USA Rx before you purchase your refill. This is to ensure that your refill will still have the same discounted price as the last time you purchased it. If the price has changed, you will be prepared and can compare how much the new discounted price of the drug is compared to your insurance co-pay. You can then make an informed decision on how to proceed with the refill purchase at that point and whether using the discount card or your insurance would be better. 

One important difference between using your drug discount card and a Manufacturer’s coupon to purchase your refills is that usually manufacturer coupons have a time limit within which they should be used, and they can also be limited to a certain number of refills. This means that after purchasing medication a few times, the Manufacturer’s coupon may not be valid for your next refill.  The drug discount card can be applied at any pharmacy that it is valid in and usually lets you save on your refills without hurdles as long the card is applied every time you refill your prescription. 

Not all prescriptions drugs can be refilled

It is also handy to be aware of what drugs can and cannot be refilled. Some prescription drugs have restrictions on automatic refills and will need a new prescription from your doctor every time you take them. Prescription drugs that fall under Schedule II controlled substances will belong to this category. 

Other prescription drugs have a restricted amount of refills available within a certain time period. Drugs that fall under Schedule III and IV controlled substances can be refilled up to five times within a six-month period. If you need refills on drugs that fall under either of these restricted categories, be sure to contact your pharmacist or doctor in advance to make sure you don’t run out of your medication. 

Overall, discount cards can help you save on prescription drug refills as long as you: 

  • Remember to keep yourself updated on the latest discount price when you refill your prescription
  • Ensure that your current pharmacy still accepts your discount
  • Ask your pharmacist to apply the discount card to your refill 

By using a discount card, you can let saving on the cost of prescription refills help in the process of taking your medication as directed. 

Published April 18th, 2020 by Chris Riley
Fact Checked by Chris Riley

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