The Tricks to Saving on Your Prescription Drugs

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It's no secret that the price of prescriptions drugs has been increasing dramatically.  I'm sure you've heard in the news recently about the astronomical price increase on Mylan's Epi-Pen and Epi-Pen Jr. They increased the price approximately 600%. I know this first hand as this is a prescription that is very important for our family. For many families prescriptions (not just the Epi-Pen) are just not affordable. Here are a few tips you can use to save on your next prescriptions.

  It all starts with preventative care. Services like vaccines, mammograms and autism screenings can now be used by just about everyone thanks to the Affordable Care Act. You can find a list of free services for all adults, women and children.

  When you are at the doctors office make sure you ask for the generic version of your prescription.This alone can drastically reduce the price you pay.

  Don’t feel like you are stuck using the same pharmacy year after year. Shop around and compare prices at other pharmacies, online (make sure the site is VIPPS-certified) and look into mail order services. If you know you will need a certain prescription for a long period of time, look into ordering a 30- or 90- day supply.

  AARP members: AARP® Prescription Discounts provided by OptumRx is a prescription discount program that offers free exclusive discounts to AARP members, their spouses, and dependents including children, grandchildren and stepchildren on prescriptions

  Coupons: One reader mentioned that her pharmacist recommended using the site to find a coupon she could use on her current medication. She found a coupon and went from paying $60 per month to just $5 a month… Search for a coupon!

  Patient Assistant Programs: Check out the site Rx AssistPatient assistance programs are run by pharmaceutical companies to provide free medications to people who cannot afford to buy their medicine

  There is also a government program called Extra Help that can help seniors  with the cost of monthly premiums, annual deductibles and co-payments.  Head over now to find your level of help and see if you qualify.

Keep your daily pills organized with a pill organizer box.  How have you been able to save money on your prescriptions?