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7 Easy Ways to Save on Prescriptions Today

Blog Author: Karen Berger, Pharm.D.

Do you dread seeing the total cost of your prescriptions when you arrive at the pharmacy counter? You’re not alone. For years, it’s been known that in the U.S., cost is a significant obstacle to medication adherence, with up to 3 in 10 people reporting they do not take their medications as prescribed. Some individuals may avoid filling expensive prescriptions, while others fill their prescriptions and ration the pills in an attempt to “stretch out” the supply. The good news is that there are ways you can save on your prescription costs.

How to save on prescriptions

Here are some free and easy ways you can save on your prescription costs, even if you don’t have health insurance.

  1. Check the RxAssist website for ways to save on brand and generic medications.

  2. If your medication is only available as a brand-name drug, ask your healthcare provider for free samples or check the drug manufacturer’s website for rebates.

  3. If your medication is available as generic, always choose generic for maximum cost savings! For example, generic Singulair costs hundreds of dollars less than the brand-name version.

  4. Search for your prescription on SingleCare to save up to 80% on the cost of prescription drugs. Use these free coupons on thousands of medications, including life-saving treatments like EpiPen, Praluent, and Humulin.

  5. Ask your pharmacist if you could save money by getting a 90-day supply (or even more). Find out your copay and compare it to the out-of-pocket price.

  6. Check for manufacturer coupons or patient assistance programs on the drug manufacturer’s website.

  7. Ask your pharmacist to review your prescription profile to see if they can pinpoint other ways to save.

If you still have trouble affording your medications, talk to your medical team. They can help you find affordable options that will help you stay healthy.

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