Cost-Saving Prescription Drug Tips: Just What the Doctor Ordered
Demonstrating its commitment to customer service, ApothecaryRx provides tips to help Minnesotans struggling financially afford their prescription drugs
“The faltering economy is affecting everyone differently, but no one should feel they must put their health at risk to makes ends meet,” said
According to Zeidner, there are five simple ways that consumers can get their prescription drug costs under control.
- Fill your prescriptions at an independent pharmacy. In general, independent pharmacies have lower over-head and operational costs than the major national chains, allowing them to charge between 10 – 18 percent less on commonly used medications.
- Consult your physician about alternate drugs. Often an alternate medication can offer comparable efficacy at a lower price. Ask your physician if a lower-cost alternate medication is available and appropriate.
- Participate in manufacturer discount programs. Many drug manufacturers offer discount drug programs for qualifying individuals that can provide significant discounts on their prescription drug costs. Because these programs can be difficult to navigate, ask your pharmacist to assist you in the process.
- Set up a payment schedule with your pharmacist. Loyal, long-term customers can often work out a payment schedule with their independent pharmacist that allows them to continue their medications without having to pay the total bill at the time the prescription is filled.
- Request a generic alternative. Generic medications cost on-average 15 to 20 percent of what brand name drugs cost. Although generics are not available for every medication, they are generally available as an alternative treatment for many common ailments.
“These are simple measures that can save consumers money today–and tomorrow,” Zeidner said. “By following their doctors’ orders and maintaining their prescription drug regimens, consumers can help prevent more complex and costly health care issues down the road.”
ApothecaryRx operates 18 independent community pharmacies throughout the Midwest, including five in