Prescription Programs & Savings

Discussion in 'Senior Living' started by wyldwynd, Oct 10, 2007.

  1. wyldwynd

    wyldwynd ~*~ Super Moderator

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    Cut your prescription costs in half. Most pharmacies should stock pill splitters. Sometimes, medications can be broken in half and save you 50%. The reason is becuase several pharmmaceutical manufacturers price some of their medications the same for all strengths.

    Lipitor is essentially the same price or all strengths. It is possible to save as much as a hundred dollars on a one month supply of Lipitor just by getting the larger strength and cutting in half. Ask your pharmacist.

    This method may not be approiate for all medications and could be dangerous if used with the wrong medication.

    Begin by asking your doctor or pharmacist if your medication is available in a dose double your normal dosage(example, if you usually take 20mg. pill, is a 40mg. pill available?). If it is, ask whether there would be any problems with splitting the capsules or tablets.

    Now, do a cost comparison between the two dosages. If the higher dose is less than double the cost for your regular dose then you will be saving money by having your doctor prescribe the higher dose then splitting it. Cost savings is typically 32% to 50%.

    This method is not appropriate for all medications. Check with your pharmacist. Some easily split medications include: Ambien, Aricept, Buspar, Effexor, Lipitor, Luvox, Paxil, Remeron, Risperidal, Seroquel, Serzone, Zoloft, Zyprexa(Ask your pharmacist about others).
  2. wyldwynd

    wyldwynd ~*~ Super Moderator

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    Get drug companies to fill your prescriptions for free.

    Millions of people in America are lacking health care insurance. Many uninsured sick people cannot afford potentially life saving drugs. Though not widely known, drug companies have programs that offer many prescription drugs free of charge to low income and other qualified groups that cannot afford them. Most major drug companies provide free medications, but rarely, if ever publicize their programs. An estimated two billion dollars of free medication is given away annually.

    Simply call the pharmaceutical manufacturer(ask your pharmacist or physician for the name of the manufacturer, and the phone number.) and ask them if they have a patient assistance program for the medication you need and ask what the requirements are. Some companies requires that you have a limited income and no insurance coverage, while others require only that you need a doctor's referral. Frequently used names for these programs are reimbursement program; indigent patient program, compassionate care program or medical needs program.

    In most cases you will need your physician to request your participation in a program by a phone call or letter from your doctor.

    Note: Ask Your doctor if he/she has any samples of the drugs that you have been prescribed. Many manufacturers send free samples on a regular basis for doctors to give their patients.

    Note: I know people who have personally used this program and received their medication for free, It works!! If you need help finding the pharmaceutical companies name and address, send me the name of the medicine; I have a book that lists medications and the pharmaceutical companies name address and phone number.
  3. wyldwynd

    wyldwynd ~*~ Super Moderator

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    Pharmacy discount cards

    Together Rx Access
    PO Box 9426
    Wilmington, DE 19809-9944
    The patient must have no prescription insurance. have an income at or below $30,000 for an individual ($60,000 for a family of four) The patient must also be a US resident. The patient must not be eligible for Medicare. Patients can save 25%-40% on medications.
    Note:program is three years old

    Pfizer Pfriends
    PO Box 12041
    Trenton, NJ 08650-9634
    The program helps qualified patients without prescription coverage, regardless of age or income. To be eligible, you must: Have no prescription coverage, live in the US,there are no income limits.If patients with Medicare choose not to enroll in Part D, then she/he is still eligible to participate in this program.This is a savings programs on Pfizer medications.

    Merck Prescription Discount Program
    PO Box 369
    Horsham, PA 19044-9945
    The patient must have no prescription insurance. The patient must also be a US resident with a prescription from a US doctor. Eligible patient will receive a 15%-20% discount on medications.

    Rx Help for you
    Covers Brand and Generic Drugs, No Age Limits or Health Questions
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    AARP MemberRx Choice
    Eligibility: Must be 50 years of age or older and a member of AARP which costs $12.50 per year.
    Cost: $19.95
    Accepted Nationwide,Save up to 53% on top-selling prescriptions!
    MembeRx Choice is not a Medicare prescription drug plan (Part D coverage). If you enrolled in a Medicare prescription drug plan or are planning to do so, your MembeRx Choice prescription discount card could be used as a back-up for discounts on FDA-approved drugs that are not covered by your Medicare Part D coverage. Just remember to always show your Part D card first to determine if your prescription is already covered by your Medicare prescription drug plan.

    Citizens Prescription Drug Program
    Eligibility:Everyone, nationwide
    Cost: $12 per year
    The Citizens Health Prescription Drug Program reduces the costs of medications to senior citizens and uninsured working families. For a small annual fee, participating individuals or families can get discounts on brand name and generic prescription drugs. These discounts are accepted at thousands of pharmacies nationwide.

    FamilyWize Prescription Drug Savings Program
    There is no income limit, age requirement, eligibility or registration required. Cost:Free
  4. wyldwynd

    wyldwynd ~*~ Super Moderator

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    Delivers a cost-effective solution to wellness through the prompt delivery of quality pharmaceuticals, medical supplies and information.
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