BURLINGTON, N.C. – Medications are not the same price at every pharmacy. If you have to pay out of pocket for medications, have a high deductible or are just looking for ways to save cash, experts suggest shopping for your medications like you do a car.
1) Shop around like buying a car
"The biggest thing is to shop around and find out who has the best price," said pharmacist Robbin Lee with Total Care Pharmacy, a locally owned pharmacy in Burlington. "You get out there, you take a look around and find out it doesn't hurt to ask if you can get a better price on it."
2) Shop for generic drugs rather than name brand.
3) Look online for coupons and discounts
Look online or ask your pharmacist about a manufacturer coupon. Several websites and mobile apps already combine coupons and discounts for you. Good Rx (http://www.goodrx.com/) has been rated one of the best for matching coupons and discounts to help you find the lowest price for prescriptions without insurance. In some cases, coupons and discounts can be lower than paying with your insurance.
"A lot of time the copay can be a little bit higher than what the regular price of the drug is so it never hurts to ask, 'what's the regular price for this?"
4) Shop local to haggle a price
While pharmacists at major chain stores can't haggle with the price, ask your locally owned pharmacies who may be able to offer a discount.
5) 90-day supply over one-month supply
If you take daily medications ask your doctors to write you a 90 prescription. Many times you can save money buying a 90-day supply instead of 30 days.
If you take several medications you could be visiting multiple pharmacies to save the most money. Pharmacists say if you plan to buy from multiple pharmacies to save, be prepared to tell each one all the medications you are taking so they'll know of any drug interactions.