Consult with your Physician about Alternative Therapies
Before you begin a new prescription medication, talk with your doctor about non-prescription modifications to your lifestyle, diet or exercise. These changes may postpone, reduce or avoid the need for taking a new medication.
Select the Lowest-Cost Alternative
Many brand name prescription medications have a generic equivalent. Generic drugs are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for safety and effectiveness, and are manufactured under the same strict rules which apply to their brand-name twin. So ask your physician and pharmacist if there is a generic drug that will save you money. If no generic equivalent is available, there may still be a lower-cost alternative within the same class of drugs that performs the functions your care requires. Once again, consult with your physician on these money-saving alternatives.
Obtain a Larger Supply
In most instances, your cost per dosage will decrease as the amount you have dispensed at one time increases. If you will be taking a medication for an extended period of time, ask your physician if it would be appropriate to prescribe a 90-day supply rather than a 30-day supply.
Shop Only at Participating Pharmacies
All chain pharmacies and most independent pharmacies have been given equal opportunity to serve you via this plan. Participating pharmacies are required to offer you deep discounts and assist in performing some fairly complicated drug management procedures for card holders, and not all pharmacies agree to participate. However, that gives you the confidence of knowing that pharmacies participating in this plan are concerned with your health and saving you money, and therefore, are deserving of your business and loyalty.
Show your Card Every Time
To ensure your medication is checked for safety and billed at the correct price, your pharmacist needs to transmit valuable information from your card. In some instances, the pharmacist may store your card information in their computer. However, to be certain you receive the maximum benefit, you need to show your card each time you have your prescriptions filled.
Understand your Drug Therapy
You invest a lot of money in medications. In order to get the most value for your dollar, you need to understand how to use your prescription drugs effectively. Make sure your physician and pharmacist explain how and when to take each prescription medication. Some factors to consider when trying to get the most from your medication are the effects of:
- Food and water being taken with your medication.
- The time of day you take your medication.
- Effects of other medications, including over-the-counter drugs, on your prescription.
Store your Medications Properly
Most medications will lose their effectiveness when they are subject to heat, moisture, light, or time. A steamy bathroom or a purse left in a hot car are examples of bad places to keep medicine. Store your medications in a cool, dark place. Remember to carry your daily or weekly medications in a pillbox to avoid damaging your entire supply of medication. Also, always remember to check expiration dates and dispose of expired medications by flushing them down the toilet.
Talk with your Physician
Make sure that your physician knows that saving money is important to you. Ask that they prescribe a generic equivalent or lower-cost alternative if at all appropriate. Also, make sure that they know about any other drugs you are taking that may alter the effectiveness of the medication they are prescribing. Finally, make sure that you understand the drug therapy they prescribe so that you obtain the most value from the drugs that you are about to invest in.
Disclosures: This discount plan is NOT insurance or a Medicare prescription drug plan. Members are obligated to pay 100% of the prescription cost to the pharmacy at the point of sale and the plan does not pay pharmacies for prescription drugs provided to members. The plan provides prescription drug discounts to members at participating pharmacies only. Drug prices fluctuate frequently and the plan's pricing tool is for informational purposes only. No enrollment or periodic fees apply. The discount plan organization is Agelity, Inc., 115 Broad Hollow Road, Melville, NY 11747, (866) 243-5489, www.Agilityrx.com. Customer service is provided by AgilityRx, Address: 115 Broad Hollow Road Suite 325 Melville NY, 11747, phone: 1-866-243-5489, web site: http://www.agilityrx.com. For a list of participating pharmacies visit: http://www.agilityrx.com.
Discounts are not available where prohibited by law. The plan is not protected by any state Life and Health Guaranty Association. Agelity has no liability for providing or guaranteeing pharmacy services or for the quality of pharmacy services rendered. Participating pharmacies are subject to change without notice and are not available in all areas. The plan is governed by the Terms of Agreement provided at this web site.
On average, members can save 20% on brand drugs and 75% on generic drugs from the usual and customary cash price of their prescription.
This plan does not constitute minimum creditable coverage under Massachusetts law.