- Prescription Drug Assistance Programs
- To get help paying for your prescriptions
- If you are 55 or older
- If you have Medicare or are eligible for Medicare
- If you have limited income and no drug coverage
- If you have health insurance
- If you want to learn more about Medicaid
- Tips to save money on prescription drugs
- If you are thinking about buying drugs online
- Other ideas to explore
- Applying for a patient drug assistance program
- If you don’t live in the United States
- To learn more
If you have limited income and no drug coverage
Other drug discount cards
Several other companies and foundations offer drug discount cards. The cards offer the user discounts on certain brand name prescription drugs. Some offer discounts on a few generic drugs as well.
There are different limits and requirements on who can get a card. The cards also discount different drugs. Contact the Partnership for Prescription Assistance or NeedyMeds, Inc. (see above) to find other drug discount cards. One or more of them may be helpful to you, depending on which prescription drugs you take.
Some pharmacies, large and small, now offer their own drug discount cards for free. Ask your local drugstore about them.
These cards are not insurance, and they are not part of Medicare Part D. They offer limited discounts on certain drugs, which can help some people.
Choosing a drug discount card
Look at all the costs of the card. Some discount cards say they are free, but have yearly fees up to $100 or more. Others charge prescription shipping and handling fees that can cost you more than the discount. And some companies that say they offer free drugs charge a processing fee for each prescription. These costs can add up quickly.
Ask about shipping fees, annual fees, and processing fees before you sign up for a card. If you’re trying to save money, it’s probably best not to get a card that wants money from you.
You may find a drug discount card with the name of your city or county on it. These cards give money to the city or county each time you use it to fill a prescription. Sometimes the card can save you money, but other times using it can end up costing you more. Always ask if this is the cheapest price before you commit to using the card to fill a prescription. Also keep in mind that some drug discount cards collect your information and might use it to try to sell you other products. Read the fine print before you sign up for a card.
Always compare the cost of the medicines that you actually take no matter which card you use. Find out if the medicines you take are discounted. If you have more than one card, your pharmacist can often tell you the cheapest way to get your medicine.
Store-based drug discount programs
Some large drugstores, grocery stores, and discount chains offer certain generic prescriptions at very low rates. You may need to call around to a number of places to find the cheapest source for your medicine. Again, you’ll need to know the exact name of the drug and how to spell it, how much of the drug you take in each dose, and the number of doses you need in a month’s supply.
Last Medical Review: 10/18/2013
Last Revised: 11/05/2013