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4 ways to save money at the drugstore
7-Jan-2009: In today's economy, lowering expenses any way you can is a plus, particularly when it comes to health care.
Pharmacies often can help you manage your medication expenses. One method, offered by CVS, allows you to fill a 90-day prescription for one of more than 400 common generic maintenance medications for conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol for $9.99. To do that, you'll need to purchase a Health Savings Pass for $10 annually.
"It's important for patients to continue to take the medications they need to manage chronic conditions," said Papatya Tankut, vice president of Pharmacy Professional Services at CVS.
She also offers these suggestions:
1. Ask your pharmacist for lower-cost alternatives: Many medications have generic substitutes or lower-cost therapeutic alternatives. Pharmacists can also look for an alternative name-brand drug that's covered better by your health plan or suggest less expensive, but effective, over-the-counter medications.
2. Avoid doubling up on medications or taking unnecessary drugs: Some active ingredients in prescriptions or over-the-counter medications may overlap. Your pharmacist can review your medication regimen to ensure drugs are current and you aren't taking duplicate therapies.
3. Try private-label over-the-counter medications: Store-brand products can offer savings of about 30 percent versus comparable national-brand items and have the same active ingredients.
Source: Indianapolis Star, United States