Do you or someone in your family frequently get prescription medications? Your out-of-pocket pharmacy payments spiraling out of control? Did you know that prescription medication prices are not the same across different pharmacies? That a pharmacy, like any other business, can set it’s own price for that medication you need tonight? It’s the drugs that are regulated, not the prices you pay for them.
And did you also know that prices might not be the same for two different people ordering the same prescription at the same pharmacy? Prices vary not only from one pharmacy to the next, but also at the same pharmacy based on each person’s individual insurance plan, the use of coupons and discounts, and just knowing how to “work the system.”
Wow! Who knew? I didn’t!
Are you ready to take better control over what you pay for your next prescription medication? Ready to save from 20% to as much as 80%? Ready to pay only what you have to pay, and not a penny more? But how, you ask. The answer? Price compare before you fill that next prescription. And Good Rx is just the tool you need to navigate through complex pharmacy pricing mazes and save you money.
What Is GoodRx?
Good Rx is a website and mobile app that helps find the lowest prices available for your prescription medication needs. It compares drug prices across 70,000+ different pharmacies, helping ensure you don’t pay more than you have to on your next refill. It can even help Medicare plan participants save money.
Good Rx takes saving money on prescription medications very seriously. Not only does it find the best prices, GoodRx also finds money saving coupons, and provides additional tips on how to save on your prescription medication. Here’s a snapshot of how Good Rx can help save money on your next prescription medication.
- Access to over one billion prices on over 6,000 drugs, at 70,000+ U.S. pharmacies.
- Finds you discounts and coupons to help save even more.
- Provides you with savings tips, price match policies, and pharmacy discount plans.
- Shares with you doctor-created savings tips at GoodRx’s blog, Small Doses.
- Informs you about drug manufacturer discounts and savings.
- Alerts you to when a drug price has changed.
What pharmacies does GoodRx search? Just about every chain in the United States, including Costco, Walgreens, and CVS. It also searches local home-town pharmacies and mail-order pharmacies. In total, over 70,000 different pharmacies are searched to find you the best prices.
You can even use GoodRx to search drugs by common health conditions. Knowledge is key to savings. Know what options might be available for your particular conditions and prescription medications, then have a conversation with your doctor to determine which ones are best for you.
Learn more about Good Rx with their handy Facts and Questions page.
How Does GoodRx Work?
It’s simple. All you need are two key pieces of information – the name of the prescription drug you need, and the location you want to find the lowest prices in. Enter these two items into the Find Lowest Prices box, and you are on your way to finding the best prices for that medication.
Once the information is entered, GoodRx provides a list of pharmacies and the prices they are currently charging for that medication, as well as money saving discounts and coupons that you might also be able to apply towards your prescription payment.
Armed with this information, you are now in control. You choose which pharmacy you want to get that medication from. Consider this search for the prescription drug, Zithromax. You can pay as little at $5.88 for a four-tablet generic prescription.
So yes, Good Rx really does save money!
Doesn’t My Insurance Co-Pay Get me the lowest price?
Maybe. Maybe not! If you have a $20 pharmacy co-pay, but you can get that medication filled for $10, or even $4, someplace else, perhaps someplace not in your insurance plan, wouldn’t you rather pay that $10 or $4 fee?
Then there is the deductible many insurance companies also impose upon you. Again, if you have a $20 co-pay, and a deductible that you have not yet met, you might end up paying lots more for that prescription medication than you have to. Unless you’ve got Good Rx on your side. It really does pays to shop around.
So yes, even if you have great insurance coverage, Good Rx can again save you money.
Take GoodRx With You!
Forgot to check for the best prices before you left for work? No worries. Download the free Good Rx apps for iPhones or Android mobile devices and you’ll have instant access to the best prescription drug prices available, whenever, and where ever. Not to mention coupons and other savings to further cut the price of that medication. The mobile apps can also send you price alerts and refill reminders, complete with the latest pricing options.
Tips To Maximize Your Good Rx Experience
Doctor’s Office Tip – Load the GoodRx app with your prescription medication pharmacy options and discuss with your doctor the best medication and pharmacy choices for your particular situation.
Travelers’ Tip – The GoodRx mobile apps are especially handy for travelers. I know I’ve been caught out of town with a sick child, having to hunt down a pharmacy to fill a much needed prescription. You can imagine just how handy the Good Rx app can be for those out-of-town pharmacy emergencies where your insurance coverage might not be so good.
The Pharmacy Says The Price Isn’t Correct – Now what? Show them the price you got from Good Rx. You can either have it loaded on your smart phone, of if you don’t have a smartphone, print the information at home before you head to the pharmacy. They should honor the price.
Who knew you could shop around for better prescription medication prices? I didn’t! But I will definitely be shopping around now.
The GoodRx goal – to provide you with alternative pharmacy options, ensuring you get the most convenient, affordable prescription medication possible.
Do you use technology to find the best prices on your prescription medications? Has it helped save you money? Let us know in the Comments section below.
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