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Originally posted by Hefficide
reply to post by sugarcookie1
Excellent topic and one that I have a few answers to help with!
First off there are patient assistance programs that can help find low cost, mail order options for many prescriptions!
Secondly, many pharmacies these days have $4.00 plans ( they vary from chain to chain - including which drugs are covered. So if Wal Mart doesn't have your prescription on their plan, Target, or another chain - even grocery chains - might )
And if you live near a Publix ( grocery store chain ) they have a free antibiotic program. Zero cost for many antibiotics.
Also many of the drug companies will sell to you at a very reduced price, or even provide your meds free, but you have to contact them directly and talk to their customer service people.
Even if none of the above helps - you can always speak to your healthcare provider and see if there is not a medication they can alter your prescription to, that is covered in one of the above. Often there are very good analogs that are much cheaper. Doctors tend to prescribe by habit - the same pill over and over again - often because they get perks for doing so. It is not hard to get them to offer options.
Medications: What Your Pharmacist Won’t Tell You
-Most generic prescription medications aren’t 50% or 75% less expensive that their brand named equivalents, they are 100 times cheaper!!
-Most people can pay less for generic medications if they pay for them directly than if they use their insurance and pay a copay (people pay extra for the privilege of being overcharged).
-The Costco list at the end of the section is only partial but it's clear that $32.95 per year is a lot less than $10 per month!
The list is for some of the most commonly prescribed medicines by primary care doctors. For example: A person can have high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, congestive heart failure, and coronary artery disease and be treated effectively with lisinopril, carvedilol, simvastatin, furosemide, metformin and glipizide all for a total of only $172 per YEAR! (See table below). Throw in aspirin for about $5 per year and its still a total of less than 50 cents per day for everything. If its a male who also has an enlarged prostate, his terazosin would cost only $27 per year and if taking all of those medications every day depresses him, he can get Prozac (Fluoxetine) for $21 per year. But, if the same patient uses his insurance and has even a $5 monthly copay for each medication the same list would cost about twice as much. (If that doesn't strike you as ironic, nothing will.) I should emphasize here that these are highly effective medications used to treat many of the most common causes of death and disability in this country.