Discount Programs For Prescriptions

We are without prescription coverage right now despite having insurance. Today I went to Fred's pharmacy and they signed me up for their discount program. I had no idea how much I was getting off, just know I have to price my meds. every time before I am able to get them and then decide which is most important. So today, I had two that were filled. I got 2 scripts for $11.83. I was told retail cash price on them would have been about $32 total. So I figure 63% savings. I was blown away, to put it mildly.

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There were no signs about this program that I saw, the clerk brought it up last time after I had already paid for my medication. She said we could do it next time. I was guessing I'd get 10% or something like that and that would have been great too, but this was fantastic. Thank God for that. Anymore we are doing good to pay for our highway robbery price insurance. Then can't afford to use it to go to the doctor! Then when I finally go to the doctor, sometimes I can't afford to fill the prescriptions for a while!! This saved the day because I figured I'd only been able to fill one of them today.

By Lori from Marion, AR

November 7, 20060 found this helpful

You should speak to your Doctor's nurse and have them put you in touch with the drug company. They have many programs themselves and if you qualify you can get the meds for a very very small amount or sometimes nothing at all. Talk to your Doc about it. I do this for my Mom she gets $680 a month to ive on and she cannot afford food or her meds. The drug company gives her Glucophauge (diabetes meds) and they also give her her heart meds. She always has to re-qualify each year. But it is worth it.

Good luck to you and God Bless!

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November 8, 20060 found this helpful

Two other ideas to add... If you have no insurance or high copays you can always tell your doctors office you are financially hard off and ask for samples of drugs. They will often give them to you upon asking.

Also, if you live in the states that have the Walmart plan for 4.00 generic rx's you could always ask for generic rx from doctor. I believe that Target is also matching the prices on the drugs that Walmart is selling for 4.00 as well.

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January 23, 20100 found this helpful

After being confronted with a huge increase in my copay for meds I take regularly, I did some research on importing drugs from Canada. Apparently there are many online pharmacies claiming to be Canadian which are not. To confirm that a pharmacy is in Canada and has good legal standing there, go here: http://www.ciparx.ca/pages/index.html

My research indicates that while procuring prescription meds from Canada is still illegal in the US, authorities will not prosecute individual consumers who are importing up to three months' supply of meds for personal use.

It appears I can cut my out-of-pocket cost from $100 a month to $34 by getting my meds from a combination of US and Canadian sources.

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