The high cost of prescription medication can make it difficult for families to make ends meet. 46 percent of Americans struggle to pay for their medications, and of those, 26 percent do not even fill their prescriptions because they are unable to afford the medicines.[i] On a more local level, the average Tennessean, aged 19-64, filled 19 prescriptions last year, and those 65 and older filled nearly 38 prescriptions apiece[ii]. With numbers like that, it’s easy to see how prescription prices can quickly overwhelm a family budget.
New apps, however, can point you to the best prescription drug prices, so you get the medicine you need at more affordable price points. Here, we’re highlighting our favorite, GoodRx, that provides a convenient tool for managing your health while saving money.
Designed by former Facebook engineer Scott Marlette, GoodRx, a free app for both iPhone and Android, aims to alleviate that financial burden for people across the country. This comparison tool allows individuals to find the best price for medicines at pharmacies across America. By organizing and formulating prices for your prescription, GoodRx can tell you where to get the best deal – and whether or not there is a generic option for your medicine. For even greater savings, GoodRx also provides coupons and discounts and tells you where to use them to get the best bang for your buck.
For instance, popular cholesterol drug Lipitor can be found on GoodRx for $270 with a free coupon. The app offers alternatives for greater savings, as well, such as its generic form Atorvastation, which may be found at Walmart for $10.
No personal information is necessary to use the free app – simply insert the name of your medication and zip code, and GoodRx will find the lowest prices at pharmacies in your area.
To learn more about GoodRx, download the app on your smartphone or tablet, or visit their website at goodrx.com.
In addition to using GoodRx, you can save money on prescriptions by choosing generics, taking advantage of mail-order services through your insurance provider, filling prescriptions at Costco or Sams, and using drug discount cards available through pharmacies and groups like AARP.
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[ii] Retail Prescription Drugs Filled at Pharmacies (Annual Per Capita by Age), Kaiser Family Foundation, 2015