Tips to Cut Medication Costs

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The Doctors share the staggering statistic that more than 2 million people skip their heart medications due to the cost and being unable to afford them.

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In hopes of helping our viewers cut their costs at the pharmacy, we are joined by pharmacist Mona Vand to share ways to save money on your medications. Her tips include:

  • Find out if your medication is really not covered or if it needs a prior authorization  
  • If a prior authorization is needed, consider using a specialty pharmacy which can easily handle these types meds, and she says the medication can even be mailed to you if needed
  • Look into the generic option for your medication, she notes the active ingredients are the same in generic meds and will cost much less
  • Ask your doctor to write a prescription for the double the strength and use a pill cutter to get double the amount for the cost
  • Seek out online coupon codes for medications not covered or look for drug reps in your area, who may have incentives available

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Find out more from Mona about brand name vs. generic medications in the video below.

 

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