Prescription plans for less
- Publix.com - 14 day supply of select antibiotics for FREE
- Walmart.com - 30-day supply of select generic drugs for $4 or a 90-day supply for $10
- Target.com - 30-day supply of select generic drugs for $4 or a 90-day supply for $10
- Kmart.com - 3 month supply of select generic drugs for $15
- PPARX.org - find the RX program for your state
- NeedyMeds.org - Free drug discount card accepted at over 60,000 pharmacies
- AAA.com - Drug discount card for members accepted at over 52,000 pharmacies
- Eli Lilly - With the "LillyAnswers" discount card, low-income seniors can get a 30-day supply of Lilly retail drugs such as Prozac and Vista, an osteoporosis drug for just $12 a month. To qualify for the card, seniors must have income of less than $18,000 a year as singles or $24,000 as couples. The card will be honored at CVS, Longs and Wal-Mart pharmacies. Call 1-877-RX-LILLY to apply.
- GlaxoSmithKline - GSK is starting the "Orange Card" program, which gives elderly people who qualify 25 percent off their prescriptions. You must be 65 or older and have annual incomes of at or less than $26,000 for individuals or $35,000 for a couple. To read an article about the GSK plan, click here.
- The Medicine Program - The prescription discount program is available to those with family incomes ranging from below the national poverty level to $60,000 who don't have health insurance. Call 573-996-7300 and ask for an application. Or, check the Phrma Web site Phrma.org for a list of drug companies.
- TheAssistanceFund.org - This non-profit can help you pay for a particular medication by footing a significant amount of the out of pocket when you're in a life or death situation even if you have insurance.
Where to get common prescriptions for less
Consumer Reports did some research on drug prices at different pharmacies. Check out the chart below to see which pharmacy sells common prescription medications at the cheapest price.
More ways to save
Just like a lot of things, comparison shopping can save you big bucks on your medications. Prices can vary dramatically even between local drugstores in your area. If you're looking for a better price, check out an app called GoodRx, which finds the least expensive price on your prescription near you.
More tips to consider:
- Consider online purchases that could typically save you 20% to 30%.
- Are you over age 50? AARP offers discounts on mail-in orders.
- Are you a member of a managed care health program? Consider a 90-day supply of your medicine vs. a one-month supply. You'll pay one co-payment vs. three.
- Ask if your medication is cheaper in a higher milligram dose. Then, cut the tablet as needed for your proper dose. This method can save up to 75% of the cost.
- Always ask if a generic brand of your prescribed medicine is cheaper.
- Check the warehouse clubs.