Friday, March 02, 2012

You CAN Pay Less for Prescription Drugs

All cancer patients take a considerable amount of prescription medication everyday.  As time goes on with your cancer, no doubt the number of medications you are taking, will undoubtedly increase.  The cost of these prescription drugs can be phenomenal, to say the least, but you just can't decide not to take them.

If you are fortunate enough to have insurance that covers most of these drugs, then consider yourself very blessed.  If you only have partial insurance or no insurance at all, then your prescription costs for these drugs can be enormous. It can mean the difference sometimes of whether to pay for your monthly medications or reduce your monthly costs for food, heating, etc.  Paying for medications takes a big chunk out of your monthly income as well as from your life-long savings, but you have no choice in the matter, as you just cannot stop taking these medications.

I have recently discovered a place where you can purchase your drugs significantly lower than at most of your local pharmacies and that's at COSTCO.  Who ever knew?  It never dawned on me that just because they offer high discounts on household items and just about every other item you can think of, they would also have the same deep discounts on their prescription drugs.

Apparently, many of their prescription drugs can be almost "HALF" of what you may be paying now at your pharmacy.  Yes, that's exactly right!!!  You can go to the COSTCO pharmacy in your location and bring along a couple of your most expensive meds and ask them for their costs.  I'm sure you will be more than surprised at the results.

Another way to reduce your drug costs is to ask your doctor to prescribe a particular drug at the largest amount you can take per dosage.  For example:  If you are taking 3 pills that are 75mg in strength at the same time, you should ask your doctor to give you two prescriptions.  One for the same pill in a 150mg and another for the same pill in the 75mg.  Apparently, the larger dosage of most pills, is actually CHEAPER to buy than the smaller ones, so you will be saving there again!  I wonder how come most pharmacies never bothers to tell us this?  Now remember that not all of your meds can be prescribed in a larger dose, so this may only apply to some patients.

Let me know if you have good results from checking at COSTCO for your monthly meds.  I of course have no affiliation with that store, but if I see a good thing for any cancer patient, I will pass it on to you.

Good luck and good savings on your next prescription!!!


karen in ottawa canada said...

Hi Deb

I checked out Costco for my meds a while back - huge difference. I have several prescriptions that I fill every 3 months - used to cost me over $700 at my pharmacy, now costs me less than $300 at Costco.

Great post! Hugs to you & Willard.

hiedi said...

You can also call the makers of the medications. Many have their own programs that may or may not be based on income. Some will send you a pharmacy card to where you only pay 3 dollars per prescription. They are not linked together so you may have to call a few different companies.

Anonymous said...

I've heard about Costco's great drug prices. And you don't have to be a member to use their pharmacy.