Don’t break the bank at the pharmacy. These tips can help you buy cheaper medicines.
They have the same active ingredients as brand-name medications. Always ask if there’s a generic option that works just as
Save: $70 per month substituting generic atorvastatin for Lipitor. Savings vary by pharmacy.
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Many doctors keep samples in a closet. A few packets could cover your 10-day prescription or at least slice a bit off your
Save: Up to 100 percent of a prescription.
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No generic version of your drug? Check the manufacturer’s website for discounts. For instance, the Lipitor for You card available
at lipitor.com can reduce out-of-pocket costs for the cholesterol medication to $4 per month at the pharmacy, whether you have insurance
Save: Up to $75 per month.
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For an ongoing prescription such as birth control pills, find out if your insurance has a mail-order option. They often come
in a 90-day supply that costs significantly less than at most pharmacies. Check the price with the mail order company before
you visit the drugstore.
Save: 33 to 67 percent compared to pharmacy prices.
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Prescription drugs are discounted at Costco and Sam’s Club. Not a member? You don’t need to be to use the pharmacy—just let
the door guard know you’re filling a prescription. Keep in mind that membership has other health perks. You could save about
25 percent on eyeglasses at Costco.
Save: 50 percent on pharmacy prices
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You might be able to fill some prescriptions for half as many pills at twice the strength—and chop them in two. Paxil can
be split, for example. Ask your doctor if it’s an option with the drug he’s prescribing.
Save: 50 percent of your subscription cost.
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If you don’t have prescription drug coverage, don’t qualify for Medicare and have a four-person household income that is $90,000
or less, you might qualify for the Together Rx Access Card (togetherrxaccess.com). It offers discounts on brand-name and generic prescriptions. Also, check out pparx.ord, another helpful resource.
Save: 100 percent on each prescription.
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