How to Save on Prescription Drug Costs - Angieslist

How to Save on Prescription Drug Costs - Angieslist

Most Americans are concerned about how to afford their prescription drugs, but few of us take the time to comparison shop like we would for other shopping needs.

Angie’s List, the nation’s leader in consumer reviews, including doctors and pharmacies says there are big savings out there if you know what to do and look for.

Angie's List 7 Ways to Save on Prescription Medicine Costs:

  1. Go Generic: On average you can save anywhere from 30 to 80 percent on prescription drug cost. So before your doctor scribbles out a script for you, be sure you let him or her know that you’d prefer a generic drug if one is available. Generics are basically former brand-name drugs whose patents have expired.  
  2. Ask for Samples: Sometimes you may be able to get your medication for free just by asking for samples.  Some providers may be able to give you a full dosage.
  3. Shop Around: Your first instinct may be to go to the corner pharmacy to fill your prescription, but you’ll almost certainly pay the most there. Many times, it is the wholesale clubs that have the best prices, but check around before you buy. Talk to your friendly pharmacist – if you’re shopping around, the outlet may reconsider its pricing plans or offer other incentives.
  4. Buy in Bulk, Buy Online: As with anything else, buying in bulk will save you money. If you’re on a maintenance drug, think about getting 30-, 60- or even 90-day supplies. Purchasing those medications online will likely give you the biggest savings.  
  5. Inspect Insurance: Depending on a consumer’s insurance plan, keeping in mind any prescription drug deductibles, it may be less expensive to not use your insurance and just pay for the medication out of pocket.
  6. Find the freebies: The prescription drug war has made competition fierce. Some grocery stores offer some generic antibiotics for free. Others only charge a few dollars for them. Check out what’s available.  
  7. Just Say No: Before accepting a prescription, ask your doctor if drugs are really necessary. Many times, a better diet, more exercise and adequate sleep could be the answer to health ailments.

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Brenda Madden, Ph.D.

Subject: Brand name v. Generic

As someone involved in FDA regulation and pharmacuetical law, I agree what was mention above, generic drug contain the same amount of active ingredient BUT all companies's manufacturing procudures are different and propriety. The FDA only requires generics to be 80% as active as the Brand name drug.

Also agreeing with above, Wal-Mart is MUCH cheaper, especially for Brand names.

Hospitals have to dispense Brand name drugs.
You have to specifically ask your doctor to write to fill with the Brand name

joy esposito

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i found that the hospital's pharm. was almost double than that of a small time family pharmacy/even walgreens and cvs could't beat the mom and pops place

Dette

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I do not pay more than $5 on any generic prescriptions at WalMart. My docs always indicate on my prescription if generic form is okay.

amy

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speaking from experience and being a Registered Nurse....generics are not always the best way to go....generics are not as strictly monitored by the FDA and there can be a 15% difference (more drug, or less drug) in generic prescriptions...so you may not get the desired effect from generics....be careful

Ian

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The most important way to save is to use the prescription services of either Sam's Club or Costco. They are far cheaper than drugstore chains

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