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The Cure for High-Priced Prescriptions

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I am not getting a prescription filled unless I have a coupon. Let me repeat: UNLESS I HAVE A COUPON.


Michele Ashamalla: My husband got one filled last month without having a coupon, and I let it slide only because he was bleeding profusely at the time. CVS, Rite-Aid, Meijer, Von's, Kroger/Ralph's, Albertson's, Target, Kmart, and other stores often have coupons on their websites and in their advertising circulars. The coupons are for up to $30, usually in the form of a gift card.

Sometimes they are only for transferred prescriptions, and sometimes for new or transferred. They work even if you only have a small co-pay (or no co-pay at all!). Clip or print them when you see them and save them in a file in your office or an envelope in your car. When you have a prescription to fill, call your pharmacy of choice and ask if they take other store's prescription coupons (usually they will, if the other store is local). If you only have a transferred prescription coupon, which seem to be more available, ask if your pharmacy will take that for a new prescription (my local CVS will). If your prescription is for a medication that has no generic, ask the doctor if the drug company provided them with any coupons -- and don't forget to ask for samples. I just took my daughter to the doctor for an eczema cream. The one that worked had no generic equivalent and was $170. My co-pay is $45 for non-generics. The pediatrician sent me off with a batch of samples and a coupon good for $35 off my co-pay. I'm only paying $10 for the cream now at CVS, and I slip the pharmacy a $25 coupon found on the Rite-Aid website, so now I'm up $15 and a super-expensive eczema cream.

This adds up to hundreds of dollars over the course of a year, even if you don't think you have that many prescriptions. Some pharmacies are starting to limit how often this can be done in a specific time period, so make sure you get in on it!

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Marsha July 28, 2009, 4:52 PM

You can also find them online at!

Anonymous July 28, 2009, 11:32 PM

This practice is annoying to both pharmacies involved. It wastes the valuable time of trained professionals. The coupons are meant to draw new customers into the pharmacy. Not to line your pockets. Try having a conversation with your doctor to provide you with a more reasonably priced medication that suits your needs, rather than the one t drug rep is paying him to prescribe.

Recession Mama August 1, 2009, 1:58 AM

Wow, someone is angry! Perhaps you don’t understand what is going on. I find a coupon and use it at a pharmacy that readily accepts it and welcomes my business. I give the pharmacy my business and they give me a gift card for their store, which encourages me to patronize their establishment again. It seems like a win-win situation to me…

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