Thursday, March 26, 2009
Smart Shopping: Meds for Less
If you take medications on a regular basis you know they can break your bank, so on today's Smart Shopping, Seven's Robbin Simmons is showing you how to get Meds for Less.
WSVN -- From over-the-counter drugs to prescription medications, it can get expensive to stay healthy, but don't worry, there are ways to save.
Lydia Serralta: "I ask the doctor if he can prescribe me the generic brand instead of the name brand."
Generic meds can help you save a bundle.
Eric Lopez: "You can save up to 50 percent a lot of times."
If your doctor says you have to buy a name brand drug, see if he can prescribe a higher dosage, so you can split the pills.
Dr. Gordon Garland: "It is OK to break some into half doses when they are scored or not sustained-release dosage forms."
Often times by splitting pills you get the same amount of medication for half the cost. Don't forget to compare. Grocery stores, big box stores, even drug stores now have prescription drug plans offering big savings.
Eric Lopez: "Walgreens offers a prescription savings club. There's about 400 medications that are covered at a $1 a month for a 90 day supply."
When it comes to over-the-counter meds, remember to always keep an eye out for coupons and mega saving signs, and look through the store's weekly circular for extra specials. You can also skip the name brand and go for the store brand.
Eric Lopez: "It's at least $1 off usually, and it's the same thing. It's as effective as the original."
Robbin Simmons: "If you are having trouble paying for a life-saving prescription, you should also contact the drug maker. Many pharmaceutical companies are now offering deep discounts for people who can't afford their meds."
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