As the New Year approaches, planning a budget for the year is a top priority for many. It’s important to include prescription costs while creating your budget. There are many ways to ensure you are getting the best possible prices on your medications in 2017 -- here are a few that can be instrumental in saving you money.
Take Advantage of Preventive Care Screenings
Routinely taking advantage of preventive screenings such as mammograms, glucose screenings, vaccines, and colonoscopies can help ensure that any major health problems are caught as early as possible. Early diagnosis and treatment can reduce your chances of having to take multiple medications throughout the year.
Consider Generic Medications
Choosing generic medications can save you 80-85 percent compared to brand name medications. According to the FDA, “Generic drugs are important options that allow greater access to health care for all Americans. They are copies of brand-name drugs and are the same as those brand name drugs in dosage form, safety, strength, route of administration, quality, performance characteristics and intended use.”
“Health care professionals and consumers can be assured that FDA approved generic drug products have met the same rigid standards as the innovator drug. All generic drugs approved by FDA have the same high quality, strength, purity and stability as brand-name drugs. And, the generic manufacturing, packaging, and testing sites must pass the same quality standards as those of brand name drugs.”
Properly Store Your Medications
Did you know the way you store your prescriptions can have an effect on their shelf life? For example, storing medications in a bathroom is actually harmful to your medications, due to the heat and humidity. Check out our blog for ways to properly store your medications to maximize their shelf life and reduce replacement costs.
Use Community Cares Rx’s Pharmacy Discount Card
Our pharmacy discount card can save you up to 20 percent on brand name medications and up to 70 percent on generic medications. It’s the best way to save extra money on your regular prescriptions and an easy, resourceful way to save money in 2017.
For more information about our pharmacy discount card, contact us and print our free card today.