This will be mostly be for people that do not have health insurance or prescription coverage. There are patient assistance programs available that help with the costs of medicines. You can get these medicines at low cost, or FREE. The best resource I have found for information on these programs can be found at: needymeds.com They also have great tips for s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g your medical dollars. Some of the companies providing free meds have income limit requirements, but some do not. It is worth checking to see if you qualify.
Did you know that there are Rx discount cards that you can use for getting meds at a lower cost? The best card I have found is at: freedrugcard.us. This is open to anyone, whether you have insurance or not. This program is sponsered by a non-profit organization to help all Americans cut their prescription drug costs. You can get savings up to 75%. There are 54,000 national and regional pharmacies that participate in this program. If you go to the website just fill in the prescription card and print it online. No paperwork involved at all. Just print the card and start saving. They have a pharmacy locator and medication pricing on the site. You can check to see how much the meds will cost even before you go to your pharmacy. I have used this card for the last year and I can not even begin to tell you how much money I have saved.
I will use an example of one of the meds that I take; cymbalta 60 mg. 2x a day
Full price @ Walgreens - 30 day supply $251.10
Freedrug card - 30 day supply $127.90
Patient Assistance program thru Eli Lilly & Co - 90 day supply FREE, with refills for one year!
It also pays to check Walmart/Target for their $4 generic meds. Check to see if your meds on on the list. They update the list when new medications are added. Three of the meds I take are on the list and I get all three for $12 a month.
Don't be afraid to ask your Dr. if they have free samples you can have. I was prescribed Caduet and my Dr. gave me a month supply (full price $148) to use until I get the med from the patient assistance program.
I hope these tips help you save money too !