Save on Prescription Drugs

Save on Prescription Drugs

Save on Prescription Drugs – Information on Assistance Programs

When you’re facing bankruptcy, one of the things you cannot do without is your prescription medication.

Struggles over the cost of drugs lead many into debt, bankruptcy or even ill-advised strategies such as splitting pills or skipping days to make medications last longer. Cancer patients filing for bankruptcy protection appear to have a higher risk of dying, according to a new report in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The authors, from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, said more research is needed to understand how “extreme financial distress influences survival” after people are diagnosed with cancer.

Drugmakers’ patient-assistance programs are the place to start if you need help paying for your prescriptions. Leigh Purvis, director of health services research at AARP’s Public Policy Institute, calls them a “necessary evil” in the face of drugmakers’ continued price increases.

These programs provide co-payment assistance or free or discounted medicines to people who can’t afford them.

You expect to find price differences…

…when you shop for electronics or groceries.  But on life saving drugs?  Danielle Serino from NBC affiliate, WKYC in Cleveland investigated why you need to shop around.

Below are a number of links  to all kinds of savings programs.  Some of them can be combined for additional discounts.

Federal Trade Commission

Consumer Reports: Tips for Finding the Best Prices

Manufacturer’s Savings

Pharmaceutical Assistance Program

Pharmacy Assistance Programs

CVS Prescription Savings Program

Giant Eagle Drug Discount Program

Rite Aid RX Savings Program

Walgreens Prescription Savings Club

Walmart Generics Saving Program

Independent Drug Savings Programs

Partnership for Prescription Assistance

National Association of Counties Prescription Discount Card Program

Price Comparison Sites

Good RX

Healthcare Bluebook

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