MY DEAR FOLLOWERS.
If you only ever read and/or reblog one of my posts, I hope this will be the one. Due to some medical problems I am on two pretty serious medications. One is fairly affordable. The other one? Well…
The local Krogers charges over $200 PER MONTH.
I did some research and found out that COSTCO had it for “considerably cheaper.” But I wasn’t a member of Costco. Come to find out, YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A MEMBER to fill prescriptions at their pharmacy.
In that bag I’m holding is a 90 DAY supply of BOTH medications for…wait for it….$38. This is friggin awesome. I nearly cried when I found out. So please, share this info (if not necessarily this post). There are plenty Tumblr folks who are struggling with medication costs and this could really help them.
I hope I’ve already helped some of you. :)
This is a thing which is good to know!
Pharmacy Intern here to add a little extra!
A lot of pharmacies have price matching programs, so if you want to stay at the same pharmacy for all your drugs (always a good idea) tell them you found the drugs at X pharmacy for X price, give them the number, and they can sell you your drugs at that price as soon as they verify it.
Also: shop around at independent pharmacies too! Large corporations sometimes set drug costs at a random price they think people are willing to pay rather than calculating from cost, whereas smaller pharmacies almost always calculate from cost.
Most importantly: find a pharmacist you trust and can talk to! They are one of the few entities in your life that are LEGALLY REQUIRED to address your medical concerns if you bring them up. If you don’t know why you’re on a drug: ask. If you don’t know how to take a drug: ask. If a drug cost seems too high: tell them to hold the prescription and call other pharmacies to find a cheaper rate (and then ask if they’ll match it). A pharmacist can be a fantastic advocate for your health if they know you’re interested.
just a note that could be helpful: Metformin is free at the pharmacy at Publix with a prescription; or at least it is in South Carolina, but I would imagine it applies to the whole US. So if you’re on Metformin, and your town has a Publix, you can ask your doctor to fax your prescription there instead of, say, CVS.