Review your other medications
Disclose all the medications that you are taking to your physician and
pharmacist before they prescribe or dispense a new medication. Some
medications may intensify or reduce the effectiveness of another, or may
even possibly duplicate the effects of another drug you are taking.
Select the lowest-cost alternative
Many brand-name prescription medications have a generic equivalent.
Generic drugs are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for
safety and effectiveness, and are manufactured under the same strict
rules which apply to their brand-name twin. So ask your physician and
pharmacist if there is a generic drug that will save you money. If no
generic equivalent is available, there may still be a lower-cost
alternative within the same class of drugs that performs the functions
your care requires. Once again, consult with your physician on these
Obtain a larger supply
In most instances, your cost per dosage will decrease as the amount you
have dispensed at one time increases. If you will be taking a medication
for an extended period of time, ask your physician if it would be
appropriate to prescribe a 90-day supply rather than a 30-day supply.
Shop only at preferred pharmacies
All chain pharmacies and most independent pharmacies have been given
equal opportunity to serve you via this program. Participating
pharmacies are required to offer you deep discounts and assist in
performing some fairly complicated drug management procedures for card
holders, and not all pharmacies agree to participate. However, that
gives you the confidence of knowing that pharmacies participating in
this program are concerned with your health and saving you money, and
therefore, are deserving of your business and loyalty.
Just present the card at any participating pharmacy. Because each card contains special instructions that can be stored on the pharmacy’s computer system, you usually need to present it only once.
Utilize our mail order service
You may find additional savings and convenience ordering frequently-used
medications through our U.S mail order service.
You invest a lot of money in medications. In order to get the most value
for your dollar, you need to understand how to use your prescription
drugs effectively. Make sure your physician and pharmacist explain how
and when to take each prescription medication. Some factors to consider
when trying to get the most from your medication are the effects of:
- Food and water being taken with your medication.
- The time of day you take your medication.
- Effects of other medications, including over-the-counter drugs, on
Store your medications properly
Most medications will lose their effectiveness when they are subject to
heat, moisture, light, or time. A steamy bathroom or a purse left in a
hot car are examples of bad places to keep medicine. Store your
medications in a cool, dark place. Remember to carry your daily or
weekly medications in a pillbox to avoid damaging your entire supply of
medication. Also, always remember to check expiration dates and dispose
of expired medications by flushing them down the toilet.
Talk with your physician
Make sure that your physician knows that saving money is important to
you. Ask that they prescribe a generic equivalent or lower-cost
alternative if at all appropriate. Also, make sure that they know about
any other drugs you are taking that may alter the effectiveness of the
medication they are prescribing. Finally, make sure that you understand
the drug therapy they prescribe so that you obtain the most value from
the drugs that you are about to invest in. The following "Message to
Physicians" contains information that should assist you in talking with
your doctor about saving money.
MESSAGE TO PHYSICIANS
This plan is designed
to save your patient money and promote good health. Use of
alternative medications recommended at the point-of-sale is not
required. This plan will only reject a prescription on the basis of
a medication-to-medication interaction. Please make sure your
patient discloses all the medications they are taking and
understands their medication therapy, including possible drug and
This plan has no
maximum day or quantity limits. This allows the patient to obtain
larger quantities of maintenance medications that may result in
greater cost savings. When appropriate, please prescribe a generic
medication therapy, or consider dispensing the lowest-cost
alternative within the therapeutic class. Please also consider
recommending pill splitting of a higher dosage and/or alternative
medication when appropriate. This may offer the consumer greater