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I plan this to be a thread where inexpensive or more affordable health care options are listed for those without health insurance coverage or simply those who want to save versus high deductibles, etc. This is JUST for getting/listing cheap alternatives for everyone. Absolutely no politics. Take that stuff to the Podium!

With all of the programs below, always check to see the price of your medicine with and without using your insurance. Your co-pay may be more or less than the prices you can get using the programs.

Walmart Inexpensive Medication List - This is the program I'm most familiar with right now and refer patients to as it is very straightforward with no membership fees:

Most of these are $4/month or $10 for three months, and a lot of the most common meds are included:

https://www.walmart.com/cp/$4-pre...ns/1078664

https://i5.walmartimages.com/dfw/...08d.v1.pdf

Meijer Pharmacy

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Meijer pharmacy has many of the common antibiotic, cholesterol, and diabetes medicine for free: 30 days or 90 days.

This site lists a number of the other programs that are available:

https://www.goodrx.com/blog/what-...-generics/





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Which programs are still active?
It's not all bad news. Even though many pharmacies have discontinued their membership programs, some are still active.

Sam's Club: Sam's Plus members can receive hundreds of generic medications at $4 or $10 for a 30-day supply, and five select prescriptions for free. Membership is $100 annually, and does not require prescription drug insurance. Sign up online, or enroll at your nearest Sam's Club Pharmacy.

Walgreens: The Walgreens Prescriptions Savings Club is the most robust discount program on the market at the moment. Members can get over 50 medications for as little as $5 for up to a 30-day supply, and can also receive discounts on vitamins, birth control, diabetic supplies, and lifestyle medications. Annual membership is $20 for individuals or $35 for families. Sign up online or enroll at your nearest Walgreens Pharmacy.

Rite Aid: The Rite Aid Rx Savings Program offers a selection of generic medications at $9.99 for a 30-day supply and $15.99 for a 90-day supply. Membership is free, but required. Enroll at your nearest Rite Aid Pharmacy.

Walmart: Walmart offers a selection of generic medications at $4 for a 30-day supply and $10 for a 90-day supply. They also provide home delivery and discounts on oral contraceptives and men's health medications. No membership is required for this program
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Price Chopper: The Price Chopper RxAdvantEdge Program offers select generic drugs at $9.99 for 100 tablets, as well as savings on allergy medications, antibiotics, and vitamins. Membership is free, but required. Enroll at your nearest Price Chopper Pharmacy.

Winn-Dixie: The Winn-Dixie Perks Program offers a selection of generic drugs at $4 for a 30-day supply and $10 for a 90-day supply, as well as select antibiotics for free. Membership is $5 annually per person. Sign up online or enroll at your nearest Winn-Dixie Pharmacy.

H-E-B: The H-E-B Rewards Platinum Program offers select generic medications at $4, $8, or $12 for a 30-day supply. There is no membership fee. Enroll at your nearest H-E-B Pharmacy.

Publix: Publix's "Next Best Thing To Free" Program offers a 90-day supply for select generic medications for only $7.50. Publix also has a free medication program for select blood pressure medications, diabetes medications, and antibiotics. No membership is required for this program.

HyVee: The HyVee $4 Generics Program offers select generic drugs at $4 for a 30-day supply and $10 for a 90-day supply. No membership is required for this program.
Other Programs

GoodRX

https://www.goodrx.com/how-goodrx-works

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Why do I need GoodRx?
Prescription drug prices are not regulated. The cost of a prescription may differ by more than $100 between pharmacies across the street from each other!

Insurance isn't helping like it used to. In the past 10 years, insurance companies started passing 25-80% more of the cost of drugs onto patients.

Illustration of person on the street looking for a pharmacy
How can GoodRx help me?
GoodRx gathers current prices and discounts to help you find the lowest cost pharmacy for your prescriptions. The average GoodRx customer saves $355 a year on their prescriptions.

GoodRx is 100% free. No personal information required.
Basically, you enter the med you're looking for and the website finds the best price and provides you a coupon.

Here's the output for a common med, metformin:

https://www.goodrx.com/metformin

The GoodRx card also offers discounts at many pharmacies:

https://www.goodrx.com/discount-card

GoodRx Gold charges a monthly membership fee, but says their prices are even lower. YMMV
https://www.goodrx.com/blog/save-...s-program/






Blink Health

https://www.blinkhealth.com/

Another program which will find the best prices if you enter your med and direct you to the local pharmacy to get it, or they look like they have free delivery from their own pharmacy.
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Then there is Blink health. Work like Good rx but prices are occasionally (not always) cheaper than gold good rx, but hey it's free. And second thing, it's prepaid for the medicine ie you pay upfront via blink health instead of paying at the pharmacy for the med.
Singlecare.com. Another similar program, recommended by an SD Pharmacist.
https://www.singlecare.com/rx
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Singlecare.com is a similar coupon that sometimes saves more than goodrx. Also for brand name meds, go to Needmymeds.org for help, or visit the manufacturer website (Needmymeds aggregates all the manufacturer info and links to help). I'm a retail pharmacist so I know a bit about these. Quote me if you have questions on prescription/OTC affordability.
RxOutreach

I checked a few prices on here, they don't seem as good as the other programs, but YMMV.

https://rxoutreach.org/

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If you are low income, you can qualify for Rx Outreach, https://rxoutreach.org/. Usually 90 day supply shipped free. Ifind that most prices are similar to Costco's special member pricing.

Costco

Costco also has a program, though I haven't been able to pull up prices specifically for them:

https://www.costco.com/costco-mem...-list.html
https://www.costco.com/member-pre...ogram.html


I invite everyone to contribute to this thread to help us all defeat extreme health care costs.

Stay healthy, everyone!
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Please add any new deals/advice here that can help SDers get more affordable medical treatment. Thanks!
Blink Health for meds
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I use this site for clients to get an idea of prices around town: https://www.rxpricequotes.com/
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Silversneakers program. 65 and older. Free membership to most gyms. Check silversneakers.com for eligilbity or your health care company.

This is available for AARP members by default. Easily worth the $12 a year (1st year) and they toss in a 2nd membership for a "family member" free.

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This is not medical advice, just information:

Flovent is a steroid inhaler containing fluticasone. The way it works is to cut down on inflammation in the airways which can make asthma attacks happen less often.

Albuterol is a bronchodilator which relaxes the smooth muscle in the airways during an asthma attack. Most doctors prescribe both types to people with significant asthma. They do different things.

You can get fluticasone propianate (flonase) over the counter and it MAY be cheaper. On medicare I get the bottle for $4 where it's going to be $8-13 over the counter even for the walmart brand.
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Guarantee these are silidifil (generic V) and sourced from India and practically worthless. There is a pharma mfg in Ireland that has excellent potency. I'll find the name in a bit.
Guaranteed I'm a board certified Urologist, and prescribe them multiple times daily. Patient have had great success with these as well as Tadalafil (generic Cialis.)
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Thank you for thinking of this post OP. I wanted to share a resource for other benefit programs - www.benefitscheckup.org. The website is run by NCOA (National Council on Aging) and no personal information is required to do a screening for possible benefit programs - energy assistance, SNAP (food stamps) etc... but the most widely underused benefit program is the Medicare Savings Program. For low-income people on Medicare in many cases the premium will be waived if you are a Qualified Medicare Beneficiary or a Specified Low Income Beneficiary. Another widely underutilized program is the Extra Help for Prescriptions for Medicare recipients with Part D (prescription coverage). Same thing, many low income recipients can get the premium waived and this also waives your deductible cost. Takes a little time to fill out the screening but all you really need is zip code, income, liquid resources information and family size. The website was designed for use with seniors but you can do a screening for anyone at any age. I am a counselor with a non-profit agency and we use this screening for our clients. At the end you can save the report as a PDF and email it or save it. Don't just hit "print" as the report can be quite lengthy and you may not be interested in all of the programs.
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You can get fluticasone propianate (flonase) over the counter and it MAY be cheaper. On medicare I get the bottle for $4 where it's going to be $8-13 over the counter even for the walmart brand.

Is that the inhaler or the nasal spray?
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Guaranteed I'm a board certified Urologist, and prescribe them multiple times daily. Patient have had great success with these as well as Tadalafil (generic Cialis.)
Hey Doc, hopefully you do know that there are numerous mfg's across the globe who make this with varying quality? I spent 25+ years in pharma and the source of mfg is very important. What city do you practice? Hospital or private? My favorite "helper" is Vardenafil (generic Levitra) chewed and washed down with a Red Bull..30 minutes to showtime! LOL
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Thank you for thinking of this post OP. I wanted to share a resource for other benefit programs - www.benefitscheckup.org. The website is run by NCOA (National Council on Aging) and no personal information is required to do a screening for possible benefit programs - energy assistance, SNAP (food stamps) etc... but the most widely underused benefit program is the Medicare Savings Program. For low-income people on Medicare in many cases the premium will be waived if you are a Qualified Medicare Beneficiary or a Specified Low Income Beneficiary. Another widely underutilized program is the Extra Help for Prescriptions for Medicare recipients with Part D (prescription coverage). Same thing, many low income recipients can get the premium waived and this also waives your deductible cost. Takes a little time to fill out the screening but all you really need is zip code, income, liquid resources information and family size. The website was designed for use with seniors but you can do a screening for anyone at any age. I am a counselor with a non-profit agency and we use this screening for our clients. At the end you can save the report as a PDF and email it or save it. Don't just hit "print" as the report can be quite lengthy and you may not be interested in all of the programs.
Thanks! Added this to the first page. Applause
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Is that the inhaler or the nasal spray?
It's the nasal spray. I wasn't sure if it would be helpful or not but figured I'd mention it. Might be useful is an inhaler wasn't available for some reason?
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Hey Doc, hopefully you do know that there are numerous mfg's across the globe who make this with varying quality? I spent 25+ years in pharma and the source of mfg is very important. What city do you practice? Hospital or private? My favorite "helper" is Vardenafil (generic Levitra) chewed and washed down with a Red Bull..30 minutes to showtime! LOL
I'm in private practice in NJ. I used to send everyone to a mail-order pharmacy in NC that did Sildenafil 20's at $1 each ($90 for 90 pills). I've noticed that both Sildenafil 100's and Tadalafil 20's and 5's from our local Acme and Shoprites work just as well as name branded viagra/Cialis according to my patients (but at 1/50th the price.)
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It's the nasal spray. I wasn't sure if it would be helpful or not but figured I'd mention it. Might be useful is an inhaler wasn't available for some reason?

The fluticasone nasal spray works great for my allergies in terms of preventing nasal congestion and sneezing.

With an inhaler like Flovent, the medication reaches the lung airways directly as it is inhaled directly into the lungs, so works better to prevent inflammation in those bronchi.
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If you don't mind dealing with mail order, I found this to be a useful site for geting my drugs filled for a lot less than the local pharmacies. Obviously YMMV. https://www.pharmacychecker.com
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