Showing posts with label compare drug prices. Show all posts
Showing posts with label compare drug prices. Show all posts

Monday, November 21, 2016

FamilyWize Helps 10 Million Save a Billion!



When a FamilyWize user’s son from California first moved in with her, he was on a medication not covered by her insurance. To help manage the costs for the prescription, she used her Free FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card and the FamilyWize Drug Price Lookup Tool to enter the medication and dosage. She then “price shopped” for the nearest pharmacy with the lowest price.

The result: She saved more than $60!

“This truly helped us by keeping our costs down so we could afford the medication and make sure he was still getting the assistance he needed to keep him healthy.”

This story is inspiring but not uncommon because, as of this year, we have now helped more than ten million people save a total of more than one billion dollars on the costs of their prescription medications.

Here’s another great story: We heard from another FamilyWize user who, after losing his health insurance, went to his local pharmacist who processed his FamilyWize card with his prescription.

“My cost went from $180 to $37! Not only do I use the card for most prescriptions, I give the information to friends, family, and my patients. I cannot help but to share this information to anyone who does not have prescription coverage.”

And another loyal card user wrote us this after visiting her pharmacist; “When I asked what my cost would be I was told $129.00. WOW!!! I then handed them my FamilyWize card and asked them to please check now. The new cost with my FamilyWize card was $48.00. Thanks, FamilyWize!”

Many people are surprised when they learn that these discounts are possible without paying a dime for the FamilyWize card. But as these three customers testify, it’s true. The free FamilyWize card’s discounts on prescriptions is available to anyone from nationwide – uninsured, insured or underinsured. By simply printing the FamilyWize card online or downloading the app, then showing it at your pharmacy, you can get the lowest possible price on your prescriptions.

Over 60,000 pharmacies accept the FamilyWize card and app, including Walgreens, Kmart, CVS, Rite Aid, Costco, Walmart, Albertsons, and more! Do you have your own FamilyWize savings story to tell? If so, please share it with us because we always love hearing the good news!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Top 7 Ways to Stay Safe with Medications

Medications. They can be life-savers, but they can also be dangerous. To stay safe, avoid these risks when choosing, taking, and storing medications.



1. Avoid rogue online pharmacies 

Don’t be tempted by the too-good-to-be-true cheap price of drugs at some online pharmacies. A 2013 report by The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy said that 97% of them were not in compliance with U.S. laws, and that many pretend to be Canadian or American – even though their drugs are of foreign origin or have not been approved by the FDA as safe or accurate in contents. That’s a big risk since, according to an FDA report, even a minor difference in your medicine can make a big difference in safety.

You can easily verify if an online pharmacy is licensed to do business in your state from the FDA’s state-by-state pharmacy licensing database.

2. Safely save money on your prescriptions with a discount card

Whether you seek to save by buying your prescription drugs online or at your neighborhood drug store, you can save up to 75% on prescription medication just by presenting your FREE prescription card from FamilyWize.org. To learn more, see How the FamilyWize Card Works and look up participating pharmacies.
https://www.familywize.org/prescription-savings-card/get-your-free-card/

3. Comparison-shop local pharmacies by drug prices

Why risk paying more than you need to for medications? The price difference for the same drug may differ significantly from one pharmacy to the next in your own neighborhood. Finding the best price is easy; just compare drug prices with the FamilyWize Drug Price Lookup tool.

https://www.familywize.org/drug-price-look-up-tool/

4. Follow directions

Did you know that drug treatment admissions for prescription painkillers grew more than 300% between 1995 and 2005, according to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America? And even common over-the-counter drugs, like acetaminophen, can cause poisoning and liver damage when taken in the wrong quantities.

5. Get rid of the old drugs!

Drugs beyond their expiration date are no longer safe. Expired drugs can lose potency, no longer providing you their intended benefit. Even worse, expired prescription drugs can become unpredictable in how they affect you. Time can alter the chemical composition of the drug. Even ordinary, over-the-counter aspirin breaks down with humidity, leading to toxicity.

It's important to dispose of the old drugs safely. See No Drugs Down the Drain – a public outreach program about the risks of flushing unused, expired medications down the toilet or drain. It provides safe and proper disposal alternatives, as does the FDA’s How to Dispose of Unused Medicines.

6. Keep drugs away from kids

According to Safe Kids Worldwide research, every single minute, a poison control center gets a call about potential medicine poisoning for a child age five or younger. And every 8 minutes, a youngster is admitted to an ER for medicine poisoning. In 67% of these cases, the medicine was within reach of the child: in a purse, on a counter, on a couch.... Remember, children are curious and unaware of dangers. Keep drugs out of reach!

7. Beware of the effect of sun and heat on drugs

Sun and heat can cause pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter drugs to lose potency or become unstable. Also, dangerous physical conditions can result from sun exposure to your skin when taking certain medications. Similarly, skin rashes may result from sun exposure with certain drugs. Read about these and other sun and heat risks with medications here.


Ric Moxley
Contributing Writer