You can add to your savings while you wait for the federal government to lower prices
Uninsured people get few deals. Insurance companies negotiate discounts on drug prices. So do hospitals. Uninsured people pay full fare, fend for themselves. Here are fending tips that can save you significant money.
First: Get on the Internet and go to DestinationRX.com. Scroll to the bottom. Click on Press. You will see many articles full of good advice. Look at the Harvard Heart Letter's "7 ways to save money on prescription drugs." At DestinationRx, you can also compare the best U.S. prices for your medication, free of charge.
Caution: Many American online companies do not ask, as many Canadian companies do, what other medications you are taking. If you order online, you lose the local pharmacist advice. So make sure your doctor looks carefully for negative interactions with other drugs you take.
From the Harvard Heart Letter and other resources:
Use generics. Brand-name drugs do not significantly differ from generics, but generics are generally much cheaper. Your pharmacist can advise you.
Switch to a cheaper brand-name drug. Patented drugs do not have generics until the patent runs out. And the high-price drug is not always the best. Find out what other brand-name drugs are available for your condition. Rxaminer.com will search, free of charge, for cheaper brand-name alternatives. You can e-mail results to your doctor from the site or print them out for your next doctor visit.
Shop around for the best price for your drug. Online prices tend to be lower. Try DestinationRX.com. If you don't want to order from Canada, this site scans a dozen major online American pharmacies. If you want to buy from a local pharmacy, call around. You may be surprised at the local price differences.
Get a Golden Mountaineer Card. The Wise administration has added a prescription drug savings to that card. Average savings: 17 percent.