- Try to keep all your prescriptions at a single pharmacy. “That’s because your pharmacist needs to know every medication you’re taking in order to avoid the danger of drug interactions,” said Gill. This includes any vitamins, minerals or other herbal supplements.
- Ask your pharmacist if you can get a better price without using your insurance. “There are some generic drugs that are so inexpensive they may be cheaper than your pharmacy copay —but you’ll likely need to ask, otherwise a pharmacist might simply assume you want to use your insurance,” she said.
- If you have a high deductible insurance plan, there’s still hope. “Be aware that through new federal mechanisms, some medication such as drugs to treat heart disease and insulin for diabetes may be available at a low-cost even before you meet an insurance deductible,” said Gill. “This is fairly new and many people with insurance through their employer might only this year have implemented this new lower cost payment model.”
- Don’t have insurance? Tell your pharmacist you’re looking for the lowest price. “They may be able to help enroll you in certain programs for those needing financial assistance, offer generic drug discounts or even provide a month free if you’re newly unemployed.”
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