For anyone who is dependent on daily prescription medications, it really does pay to do your research. Each time Chris is given a new prescription or our insurance changes, I take on the task of calling and price checking at each pharmacy in our area.
The last time our insurance changed and we suddenly had to start paying full price, out of pocket for prescriptions, the medicine that Chris takes for Parkinson's (Requip) would have cost us over $200 a month if we would have stayed with CVS. After calling around and signing a form to join the Costco Discount Pharmacy Club (no cost, we were already members too) we were able to get Requip there for just **$12.00 a month.**
Chris recently sampled a new prescription, Amantadine, and we are really happy with the way he has reacted to it, but then we cringed because when price checked at Costco, it would have been $149 a month!! Ugh!! So I again, did my price checking.
I discovered this website, goodrx.com/ and plugged in the prescription name, dosage and quantity. It generated a list of my local pharmacies, complete with their drug pricing, phone number, hours and a printable coupon for the prescription. I didn't consider the coupon at first but was happy to find the pharmacy info was all accurate. I did still call each pharmacy and was told the out of pocket cost, per month, so I could figure out who had the lowest price. Prices ranged from $109 a month @ CVS to $193 a month @ BiLo. (Remember Costco's price had been $149 a month)
So I figured what the hell, let me check out this coupon and hit print. It was a very generic looking coupon, but the instructions on it were well written and it looked authentic. The coupon stated our discounted price would be $42.86 for a month. So away to CVS I went, coupon in hand.
I asked the pharmacist if we were to transfer Chris' Amantadine prescription to CVS, would they honor that coupon. The very nice pharmacy lady put it all into the computer and said, "Yes, that coupon will work, it'll be $42.86 per month. And I'll call to transfer your prescription for you....when would you like to pick it up?".
Yayyyyy!! So we saved over $100 off what the price would have been at Costco and then thanks to my snazzy home printed coupon, saved an additional $66 off of CVS's original quoted price. There is no date printed on the coupon and you don't need to sign up for anything to print a coupon.
Please share this information with anyone you know that is struggling (or shocked) with prescription costs.
From a loving Parkinson's caregiver,