Did you know that you can save time and mon­ey on your pre­scrip­tion drugs by sim­ply sign­ing up for a dis­count card online? With sav­ings as much as 80% off, these dis­count cards keep your health care costs down even when the prices of pre­scrip­tions are sharply ris­ing.  At no cost to the patient, dis­count drug pro­grams nego­ti­ate the price of med­i­cines with phar­ma­cies and then pass the sav­ings on to the con­sumer.  These pro­grams give sub­scribers a per­son­al­ized dis­count card to be used at any phar­ma­cy. While the dis­count card can­not be used in con­junc­tion with health insur­ance, the con­sumer may see that the cost of their med­i­cine is actu­al­ly LESS with the card than it is with their insurance.

Anoth­er ben­e­fit to the con­sumer is that these pro­grams will pub­lish at which phar­ma­cy you can find your med­i­cine. This is espe­cial­ly help­ful to the per­son who has spe­cial­ty drug pre­scrip­tions. For exam­ple, Rebekah is pre­scribed a spe­cial­ty drug for pain and neu­ropa­thy due to Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis. This drug is not com­mon­ly stocked in phar­ma­cies and so many times, she has had to wait for them to order it. By using the dis­count drug pro­gram, Rebekah is able to see which phar­ma­cies have her med­i­cine in stock and the esti­mat­ed price.

So where do you start? Here are a few dis­count drug pro­grams to inves­ti­gate costs and providers for your prescriptions:

  • StateRXPlans.us
    • Pro­vides free drug cards to reduce the out-of-pock­et cost of pre­scrip­tion drugs.
    • Click on your state and the site will redi­rect you to your cor­re­spond­ing pre­scrip­tion assis­tance program.
  • GoodRX.com
    • Com­pares prices and dis­counts at thou­sands of pharmacies.
    • Receive coupons via phone, email, or text to print or present for discounts.
  • RefillWise.com
    • Free drug card to present at phar­ma­cy for cost sav­ings on prescriptions.
    • Earn rewards each time you use their card—similar to cred­it card rewards. Each fill is 500 points and when you reach 5,000 points, you earn a gift card to var­i­ous retailers.

Being a savvy con­sumer can save you mon­ey! Shop around to find the best cost for your pre­scrip­tion drugs and save time by locat­ing the phar­ma­cy that has your meds in stock. Dis­count drug pro­grams are a great resource so do your research and find one that fits your needs.