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    Affording Your Prescriptions
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    Byroney_WebMD_Staff posted:
    Everyone is concerned about cutting costs on everything these days, including prescriptions. So I thought I'd share a few tips that might help.

    1) See if you can get a generic that is on that list of several hundred drugs available at Wal*Mart for about $4.00 for a 30-day supply. Target and Fred Myers chains also have the same program. Check that list and see if any medication you take is on it, and get your prescription transferred there if it would be cheaper. Also, don't be shy about printing out the list and asking your doctor about it. Sometimes there are generics or substitutes available for medications you may be currently taking.

    2) Check the inserts for your prescription drug's manufacturer. If you don't have one, ask your pharmacist for the insert, or look it up online. Contact the maker (they usually have toll-free phone numbers) and see if they have a prescription assistance program--you'd be surprised how many of them do. The good news is that drug makers Pfizer, Merck, Abbott, and AzstraZeneca have created or expanded their Prescription Assistance programs.

    3) You may be interested in checking out the Partnership for Prescription Assistance . Their mission is to "help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that's right for them. Many will get them free or nearly free." Also, take a look at NeedyMeds.com (These are not a WebMD sites, and we cannot guarantee content).

    4) Use the pharmacy at CostCo, a warehouse store which can buy in bulk so their prescription prices are very low. You do not have to be a CostCo member to use their pharmacy.

    5) Ask your doctor about samples or coupons he or she may have available for patients.

    I hope those suggestions help a little,

    Byroney
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