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Tips for Cutting Prescription Drug Costs

Dr. Art Ulene’s Tips On Shopping Smarter for Prescription Drugs

Twenty-five states offer special programs for low-income people with Medicare. Find information about State Prescription Drugs (Rx) Assistance Programs at:

www.medicarerights.org/rxchart_states.html

Most pharmaceutical companies have their own national discount programs. For more information, visit: www.needymeds.com/discountcomp.html

  • For the best prices, consider buying via the Internet.
  • Consider obtaining a prescription drug discount card. (Check out the free nonprofit warehouse discount card available at: www.nonprofitwarehouse.com)
  • Consider buying in larger quantities and, when practical, pill splitting—many medications cost the same, regardless of the size (dose) of the pill.
  • Ask your doctor for free samples.
  • Check prices on drugs frequently; they are always changing.

Here are a few examples of prescription drug discount programs available through pharmaceutical companies:

Together RX
800-865-7211
www.together-rx.com

Joint prescription discount card from Novartis, Abbott, AstraZeneca, Aventis, Ortho-McNeil, Bristol-Myers-Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline and Janssen pharmaceuticals. This card covers more than 150 different drugs.

Pfizer Share Card
800-717-6005
www.pfizerforliving.com/sharecard

Pfizer offers this prescription discount card to seniors, and it covers all Pfizer drugs.

Lilly Answers
877-795-4559
www.lillyanswers.com

Eli Lilly’s discount prescription card program is available for seniors and people with disabilities. They offer all Lilly products except controlled substances.

Examples of savings using a prescription drug discount card:

Brand Generic PROZAC 20mg 

Retail (Ralphs) $127.42 $41.50
AARP Members’ Choice $100.39 $14.90
Nonprofit Warehouse $103.23 $22.26

TENORMIN 50mg

Retail (Ralphs) $ 46.28 $13.35
AARP Members’ Choice $ 38.37 $ 6.88
Nonprofit Warehouse $ 39.07 $ 5.85 

RESOURCES

  • www.aarppharmacy.com (For anyone age 50 and over)

  • www.benefitscheckup.com (A service of The National Council On Aging)

  • www.destinationrx.com (Searches the major online pharmacies for the best deals on prescription and OTC medications.)

  • www.rxassist.org (Provides information on public and private programs that assist with prescription medication costs.)
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