There Are Several Ways To Save At The Pharmacy
A little planning can make a big difference to help you save money at the pharmacy. And two key people who can help you along that journey are your doctor and your pharmacist.
For maintenance drugs, check with your doctor to see if you can use a generic for common health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure. If so, you can get a three-month supply for $0 when you use Florida Blue’s home delivery service. Using the service also saves you time and money by not having to drive to the pharmacy.
Your doctor may know about patient assistance programs and discounts available for your medication. In addition, doctors sometimes receive discount cards for certain medications or they be able to suggest an over-the-counter alternative.
If you need to visit the pharmacy, check the drugmaker’s website and other online sites for coupons and rebates before you go. While there, ask the pharmacist to check for discounts that their store may offer. For example, some pharmacies offer common prescriptions like antibiotics for as low as $0.
Another way to find discounts for medications is by talking to the new community specialists at Florida Blue Centers. The trained social workers know where to look for discounts through pharmaceutical companies, as well as search for government programs that offer discounts on prescriptions or help with copays. The community specialists’ goal is to get a prescription as close to $0 as possible.
If you have questions, call the customer service number on the back of your member ID card or talk with one of our care consultants by calling 888-476-2227.
So, take a little time to do your homework before heading out to the pharmacy. You may be able to save some money.
(The information in this blog is specifically for members who get their plans through their jobs or those with individual plans. Medicare members should click here and here for information about their coverage.)
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