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How to save on medications
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medications can make it possible for those of us who live with depression,
bipolar disorder and other mental health conditions to live satisfying
and productive lives. But, if we don't have insurance to cover their costs,
we may be forced to spend more on medicines than on food. If we do have prescription
drug coverage, we may find that some drugs cost us higher out-of-pocket fees than others.
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Pharmacies often mark up the cost of generic drugs in staggering amounts to make up for the small profit margin on brand name drugs. It pays to shop around.
If you find a lower price than your pharmacy offers, ask if they'll match it.
Costco, Target and Wal-Mart have discount drug programs. You can save big on some, but not all, medications. If your medication is on the list of discounted drugs, you may be able to buy it for as little as $4.00.
using mail-order pharmacy services.
Pharmacy Checker is one source for online pharmacies. The site allows you to compare costs and order from licensed pharmacies in the U.S., Canada and other countries. (Most are Canadian.) Physical addresses and/or telephone numbers of these pharmacies are provided. All participating pharmacies require a prescription.
You can save an average of 30 percent on brand-name drugs from Canada; generics are usually cheaper from U.S. pharmacies. Important Note: Buying drugs from Canada is illegal, but U.S. residents buying small amounts of prescription drugs for their own personal use (See FDA regulations) are very rarely prosecuted. Some state governments including Wisconsin, Minnesota and Washington support buying drugs from Canada.
To search for mail-order pharmacies online without including those located in Canada, do a search for this phrase: mail order pharmacies -Canada
Page updated April 1, 2010