No one LIKES to take pills!

Or Having to Deal With IV Meds & Picc Lines Either!

But, if you MUST take medications and do not have insurance, or your insurer decides not to pay for your prescriptions, what do you do? If you are willing to do your "homework" there are places to contact that may help you obtain needed medications for less money or even for free.

Some pharmacies offer and/or accept discount coupons and/or have special lists of reduced priced medications (all on list are $4). There is also a list below with information on finding and learning more (self-help guides) about IV medications and administering them.

First Thing To Remember...

Compare Prices Regularly!

For example...

Today Walgreens has Mepron for $750

The same medication at Publix is $1,483.

Another example...

Walgreens has clarithromycin today for $47

CVS Pharmacy has it for $42

The same medication at Walmart is $27

And at Sam's Club (with a membership) it is $10

August 2018

Doxycycline at Walmart $177.00

Doxycycline at Costco $25.00

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From your phone dial 2-1-1. They can assist you by sharing information on where to get free or reduced price medications in your area. Each calling area has its own specific resources based on the location, so you need to call from your home location.

Always Ask When

Calling Pharmacies...

"Is this your lowest price?"

You might be surprised to find it wasn't the lowest price,

But you MUST ask to get the lower price!

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A 90 Day Supply of Medications

(vs. 30 day supply)

Might Save You Money

&

Generics Might Be Less Expensive

Potential Savings

BLINK HEALTH- https://www.blinkhealth.com - allows you to pay online then go to your pharmacy to pick up your medications at a "lower price" or in some cases they are free. The total cost may be lower than your standard co-pays, just tell pharmacist to use BLINK HEALTH instead of your insurance if that is the case. First time customers get a $5.00 off coupon to use in addition to the other savings. No membership is required.

Doxycycline Discount Coupons- Save Up To 79% on Prescription

ProgressiveRX- Savings on medications for people and pets.

Information For Reducing Costs

Below are web sites for patient assistance programs to help you obtain discount prescription drugs or free drugs. Some are specifically for those with a low income (some consider low income to be in the $40,000.00 range).

There are also websites below for purchasing supplements, over-the-counter meds and even pet medications at a lower cost than most stores offer.

The inclusion of any link on this page is not an endorsement of these sites or programs. This is simply a resource to try to make it easier for you to get your medications.

Specific Medications List

VSL#3

NOTICE- The maker of VSL#3 probiotic offers assistance program for ulcerative colitis and ileal pouch patients. To apply for assistance or contact a representative with questions about the program, patients call 1‑877‑279‑2459. Article Here

Mepron Patient Assistance Plan

(Reports from patients about this program have been very good!)

Drug Name: Mepron

Manufacturer: GSK

Program Name: GSK Bridges to Access

Income Limits (family size of one – family size of two): $27,075 - $36,425; for larger family contact RX Access for Income Limits

How Dispensed: Pharm card

Additional Mepron PAP Program Guideline Information:

There is also a program for patients on Medicare Plan D. The patient must provide proof that he/she has spent $600 or more for prescription medicines since January 1 and provide a copy of the Medicare Plan D ID card. A pharmacy card will be mailed to use at any pharmacy at no cost.

GSK Patient Assistance Program- https://www.gskforyou.com/uninsured-patient-assistance/

If you feel you need assistance with the Mepron Patient Assistance Program's paperwork (it isn't difficult for most) you may want to check this site. They will do the paperwork for you for a fee. More Information Here

IVIG

Financial Assistance Information

Glutathione Transdermal Cream or IV Push

Glutathione Information

Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy

Low Cost or Free

Antibiotics & Other Medications

If you have a local Winn Dixie, Wal-Mart, Target Store or Giant Eagle Supermarket please see their Discount Prescription Plans that offer a 30 day supply of certain medications for $4.00, or a 90 day supply for $10.00.

Sam's Club has medications like Doxycycline, Ciprofloxacin, Clarithromycin, Levofloxacin, Minocycline, Penicillin, Amoxicillin, Azithromyacin and many more on their Extra Value Drug List. Doses and duration may not be exactly what you need, however you can get what is available thru the program and pay extra if necessary (above the standard $4.00 price). Here is their current list of free or reduced priced medications.

Walgreens has a 'Valued-Priced Medication List' with over 700 medications at discounted prices. Publix Pharmacy offers free antibiotics (2 wk. supply) and one free month of Metformin along with other specials.

United Supermarkets and Price Chopper Supermarkets offer free antibiotics.

Wegmans offers some free antibiotics and $4 & $10 generic drugs. Harris Teeter offers generic medications at a reduced price too. See links below.

UPDATE- April 2017- CVS announces its new cost saving program to begin in May 2017. See link in list below for more information.

UPDATE- January 2018- Publix announces new discount program for patients in which certain medications will only cost $7.50 for a 90 day supply. More information here.



Lucy Barnes

AfterTheBite@gmail.com

Last Updated-February 2019