- Use FREE prescriptions available to you.
Did you know that PacificSource has a whole list of free prescriptions for some of the most common meds. Take the attached list to your pharmacist to review ones that might work for you. You can learn more using PacificSource’s online research tools. https://pacificsource.com/find-a-drug
- ASK your pharmacist if you are buying your drugs in the most cost-effective way possible. Your pharmacist can be your best resource to help reduce costs, just ask. Good questions to ask your pharmacist >
- Buy GENERIC drugs, unless your doctor specifically recommends a brand name.
In most all cases, the active ingredients are the same and should save you money. And co-pays for generic drugs are less than for the name brand in your plan.
- Buy in BULK – Ask your doctor for a 90-day prescription and consider mail-in services.
- Ask your doctor for FREE SAMPLES.
Pharmaceutical companies regularly leave samples of branded drugs for physicians and while a sample pack may not be the full quantity you need, it can reduce the number you have to purchase.
- Use any one of several APPS that offer discounts and compare pharmacies. GoodRx.com, WellRx.com, or SingleCare
- Research the new low-cost ONLINE pharmacy services. Two of the most popular are Mark Cuban’s Cost Plus Drug Company and Amazon Pharmacy.
- Search for COUPONS
Search the internet using your drug name and the word “coupon” to look for discounts. Big savings are often available, especially on more expensive drugs.
- CALL the Drug Maker
This often works if you need a particularly expensive drug. Go to the pharmaceutical company’s website or call their customer service department. Many companies offer discounts or free samples, especially for people who are in a lower wage category or suffering from a chronic condition.
- Be your OWN advocate.
No one understands your situation as well as you. Take charge and make sure you are receiving all the help available. Ask questions with both your doctor and your pharmacist.
Good Questions To Ask Your Pharmacist
- Could we meet so I can review all my medications with you?
It is recommended to annually review all your prescriptions with your pharmacist. Try to avoid peak times during the day when pharmacies are busy. Ask your pharmacist about the best time to come in or call so you will have their full attention.
- Does taking this medication mean I can or should stop taking another medication?
Drug interactions are easily overlooked if you do not ask. And you could save money if you are taking duplicate meds.
- Are there any concerns if I keep taking my vitamins, herbs, supplements, and/or over-the-counter medications?
Non-prescription drugs can interfere with prescription drugs. It’s good practice to let your pharmacist know everything you are taking. Many don’t realize that vitamins, herbs, and supplements are all forms of drugs.
- Are there any resources to help me with the cost of my medications?
Many times your pharmacist will know of patient assistance programs you may qualify for.