I've learned a few tricks to help save on the high cost of prescription medications if your medication is not covered by insurance or you have not met your deductible. The best way in my area (Florida), is to register at either GoodRx.com (which is national USA) or FloridaRx.com I've not personally used GoodRx.com but from input from other people, it works just as well for finding the best prices in your area. Both are discount cards you show at your pharmacy and both sites have apps for your smartphone at the Apple App Store or Android Google Play. The apps make it easy to show your card on your phone. If you'd rather just print out the card at the web site, that is another option.
On the app, or at the web sites, enter your zip code, the exact dosage (as in milligrams), and the number of pills your prescription is for, and of course the name of the medicine. Both brand name and generic are available to search at both discount card sites.
Once you enter the information, several local pharmacies will pop up with the current price. I've also called or stopped by pharmacies with prescriptions and asked for the best price. The last time I needed a new medicine, the pharmacy assistant took care to tell me I could only get a discounted price on X number of milligrams, a 90 day supply and it had to be in capsule form. So I called back my Dr. office and had them revise the prescription to meet the terms of the pharmacy. I saved almost $30 over buying the same med for 30 days in pill form.
I no longer to allow Dr. offices to call or fax in the first time I need a new prescription or to renew one, rather I ask for a good old fashioned handwritten prescription. That allows me to shop around to find the best price.
I am picking up a prescription for my dog this morning for a heart condition. The pharms in my area honor the discount cards for pets, and here's the spread of prices for today for 180 mg for 90 day supply, ie the same pill!:
Winn -Dixie $23.69
It was actually a CVS pharmacist who introduced me to FloridaRX.com a couple of years ago after I had a verbal "reaction" to a price quote ! I will be forever grateful to her!! The FloridaRX card has not let me down yet and so far I've found it to be 100% accurate with quoted prices on their site.
I would appreciate any suggestions and ideas for more ways to save on meds!