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What are some general guidelines for saving money on drugs?

When you buy medicines, there are some ways to cut costs:
  • Are you over age 50? AARP offers discounts on mail-in ordered drugs.
  • Are you a member of a managed care health program? Consider a 90-day supply of your medicine rather than a one-month supply. You'll pay one co-payment instead of 3.
  • Is there a generic brand of your prescribed drug? A generic brand might cost you less.
If you are looking at getting a discount prescription card, here are some things to think about:
  • Are the prescription drugs you need covered by the discount card?
  • What prices does the discount card offer for your medicines?
  • Are the prices lower than other discounts (such as senior discounts) already offered by your pharmacy?
  • Is there a charge or fee for the card? If so, how much?
  • Are there processing fees for prescriptions?
  • Does your pharmacy accept the discount card?

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