Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Saving Money on Prescription Drugs

We've discussed this topic here at the Frugal Workshop before, but as always it's good to review your expenses regularly to see if you can get them even lower. 

Last week I worked a very stressful job all week and my blood pressure was high as a result, so yesterday I made a visit to my doctor's office. 

Come to find out my regular doctor had retired, so my appointment was with a new doctor. This turned out to be a good thing. 

She was asking me about my prescriptions and told me how I could save money on some of them. Turns out Publix now has some 90 day prescriptions for $7.50. 
So, we ended up transferring some of mine to Publix. 

Turns out one of my Mom's prescriptions is also on the $7.50 list, so she is going to switch her RX over to Publix as well. 

Here is a list of the prescription drugs they are offering.  

This is a great savings for only $2.50 per month, and just goes to show that you should always be reviewing your expenses to see if you can get them ever lower than you are paying now. 

Belinda
~ Living within our Means ~

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  1. It's great that you were able to save money on prescription drugs, Belinda.

    I hope you feel all well now.

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  2. GREAT! I read Publix site and to my surprise there is a physician on duty, as well. Not a physician at all stores, though. Interesting read because my PCP has been telling me for more than a decade that in time general practitioners with their own offices will be a thing of the past.

    Anyone interested, Sam's is training non-medical personnel to give injections and tests. Pharmacists are not usually trained when in school; however, they are being trained to give injections and administer tests. With my tier of membership, this year DH and I have received free injections valued at $240 for each of us. Costco's is surely doing the same.

    Remembering the days when free blood pressure at Sam's was "the thing."

    Each of us has her/his process to lower prices in many areas of life. Maintaining our health costs with an ear to the ground pays.

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    1. Thank you, Anna. That's great that Sam's Club is doing that now. It will certainly come in handy ike it did for you and your dh. Definitely pays to keep an ear to the ground. :)

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  3. I looked and tried. Nothing I take was on the list or cheaper than I pay now. Thanks. None of the free stuff was something I take. My Walmart pharmacist gives me injections for flu, pneumonia, and all vaccines.

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    1. I'm sorry, Linda. Always worth a look though just to see. That's great that you can get all of that at Walmart. I know a lot of people don't like Walmart, but I do like them. So many things you can get there and this is another great example.

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    2. Linda, what is the cost for WalMart injections?

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    3. Mine are all free. I have medicare and Medicaid.

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    4. A friend in his early forties was rendered incapable of working. 20 years later, he manages because of Medicare and Medicaid.

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  4. Very good advice, Belinda.
    We had to refill a regular prescription last week, and by choosing a different pharmacy we saved several dollars. We don't have Publix in our area, but just shopping around helped us.

    I hope your blood pressure is doing better this week.

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  5. Hubby has to take Amoxicillin before dental work. Was getting it thru VA for $4, his VA doc told him to get it at Publix for free!!

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    1. That's so great, Bellen. I just love that some rxs are free there. My daughter gets Montelukast for free there too.

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  6. Belinda,

    that is great that your physician is knowledgeable in what places offer free meds. When I lived in NJ, my diabetes medicine was free at ShopRite. The insurance company called me up and told me that if I didn't get it through their online site that they would never sell it to me again. I asked why I would want to pay them $30 for a 3 month supply when I could get it for free? They were furious. Now that I have moved to Fl, Publix offers my high blood pressure meds and my diabetes meds for free. Now that I have seen the list and know that there is one cholesterol med that is also free, I will ask what the difference is between that med and what I take that is $67 for 3 months, and see if I can at least try the free one. Never any harm in asking. I think everyone should ask at Walmart, their local pharmacies and their grocery store pharmacies for lists of the free meds and compare. Thank you for this post.

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    1. You're welcome, Norma. I agree I think we should call around to different pharmacies to see where we can find them cheaper. I refused to get one of my daughter's prescriptions from her dad's mail order pharmacy for this reason too because I could get it at Publix for free. I'm glad you are getting yours free from Publix. I think it's great!

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  7. You can also contact the drug company for a break. I have as I had 3 $50.00 co-pays and I proved it and got two forgiven and one knocked down to $5.00.

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    1. That is terrific, Kim. Excellent advice, thank you for sharing.

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