Save Money – Reduce Your Medicine Costs – Ask Your Pharmacist About Alternatives Medications!

I have learned that you can save a lot of money every month if you just ask a few questions about your medications. Very often, there is an alternative to high-priced name-brand meds or a less expensive treatment method.

For instance: My wife had high cholesterol and our doctor prescribed a name-brand cholesterol medicine indicated for my wife’s age and health condition. We have high-deductible insurance, so we checked the price. 150 dollars a month! My wife is worth much more, but we were motivated to seek an alternative. We talked to our pharmacist and he suggested she try a generic statin first and see if that brought her cholesterol score to acceptable levels. After three months on a four dollar a month medication, sure enough, her good and bad levels were much better. Including the cost of the extra blood test, we saved over 400 dollars. Every month that goes by our savings keeps adding up!

I had a similar experience. Our doctor wrote a prescription for a topical steroid. The gel required daily application and cost a whopping 250 dollars a month! I talked with our doctor and asked about other options. Injections were an option, one shot monthly. I looked into the cost and learned a three month supply was less than 90 bucks (I tell myself that every time I get stuck I make 230 dollars). My pharmacist is a certified immunizer, meaning he can give injections such as flu shots and travel vaccines. He will give me the injections right there at the pharmacy which is much more convenient for me. He also told me that he could compound a similar medication for far less than the manufactured gel, though the shots are still less expensive.

Most pharmacists will talk with you, but among the “big box” or chain stores pharmacists may be hard-pressed to spend much time with you. That’s one reason I’m glad to have an independent pharmacist in my neighborhood. These men and women own their own shops so they can spend the time with their customers and deliver a higher level of care. To find an independent store, search the internet for “pharmacy” and your city name. Among the familiar chain stores you’ll see names like “Southside Apocathary” or “Johnson’s Pharmacy”. Pharmacy franchises Medicine Shoppe or Medicap Pharmacy are also independently owned, and offer a store locator on their website.

In any case, ask your pharmacist to help you and your doctor identify money-saving substitutes. You cannot put a price on good health, but no law says you have to go broke maintaining it. You’ll see with just a little research and patience, you can save a great deal of money with no loss in health benefit.