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[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on February 26, 2013 ][ In Medical and Health Information ]
I am always preaching on ways we can lead healthier lives and trying to show that being healthy doesn’t always have to cost big bucks. However prescription medication can add up to serious cash forcing some people to decide between the drug their doctor prescribed or buying food or paying rent.
ABC News did an important story this week on ways to save money on prescription drugs. Here are a few of their suggestions plus some of my own. I also spoke with Kristy Reed, pharmacist at Super V Drugs here in Jonesboro for some ideas.
ABC News says to always check your bill for errors and make sure you are paying for the drug your doctor prescribed. I say to make sure you understand what drug the doctor is giving you, how long you are supposed to take it and what it should do. Make sure your doctor is aware of all the medications that you take that are prescribed by other doctors so there are no duplications or dangerous combinations of drugs.
Kristy recommends talking with your doctor about cheaper but equivalent medicines or generic versions. She says generic drugs are FDA approved and may even be made by the same company that makes the more expensive name brand drug.
ABC news recommends the LowRX app. It tells you the average cost of a drug, it’s generic name and the phone numbers of local pharmacies in your area. Shop around until you find the best price as drug prices do vary from pharmacy to pharmacy. Also ask your pharmacy if they give discounts for cash payments as opposed to credit card sales. Kristy Reed recommends using the same pharmacy so your pharmacist gets to know you and become familiar with your needs. She works with her customers, looking up coupons online or checking with your doctor for cheaper alternatives. She feels that personal relationship will help save you money rather than shopping at big box retailers.
ABC News says that when possible, go to wholesale stores with a pharmacy like Sam’s Club or Costco. You can have your prescription filled at these places even if you aren’t a member. According to ABC News, it’s the law.
Ask your doctor about local drug assistance programs or contact the drug company for their drug assistance program. If it is a new prescription, ask your doctor if he has any samples you can try before filling your prescription. A sample pack can allow you to try the medicine to be sure it works for you without side effects.
Don’t ignore your doctor’s advice and skip taking medicine, especially if it is for a chronic or life threatening condition. Find other ways to cut expenses rather than missing out on important medicines.
Upadated on February 26, 2013
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