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Controlling Prescription Costs

Patients who are looking to cut their prescription costs, do not have prescription health insurance coverage or have difficulty paying for their medications can contact the following organizations for information about discounts, patient assistance programs and drug discount cards. Some organizations also provide assistance with completing applications for programs.

Ways to control the cost of medications

  • Talk honestly and openly to your medical providers about options for expensive medications.

  • With the help and guidance of your provider, use generic substitutions for brand name medications when appropriate.

  • Bring your health insurance information to the office visit to help your provider with cost-effective prescribing.

  • Buy a high quality pill-splitter, if needed, and follow your provider’s instructions on pill-splitting.

  • Make sure you need all the medications you take. Review your medications with your primary care provider and specialists.

  • Talk to your pharmacist about options for expensive medications and ask about pharmaceutical patient assistance programs that are available.

  • Shop around at various pharmacies for better prices on medications.

  • Use reputable on-line pharmacies and mail-order pharmacy warehouse options, especially if supported by your insurance company. You may also refer to websites for pharmaceutical patient assistance programs.

  • Be cautious about offers for free trials of medications and medication coupons. Make sure you will be able to afford this drug if there is no continuing discount.

  • Look at your insurance company’s website or call their toll-free number for information about cost-effective use of medications.

  • Read publications from Medicare or your insurance plan to help understand your medication coverage.

  • Bring an updated and accurate list of your medications to every visit to a doctor, urgent care center, emergency department, or hospital. The list can be printed from MyChart.

Patient Resources for Drug Coverage

Refer to these web resources for help with medication costs:

NeedyMeds is a website of information on a large number of pharmaceutical patient assistance programs.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage obtain the medicines they need for free or nearly free. The organization offers a single point of access to more than 475 public and private patient assistance programs, including nearly 200 offered by pharmaceutical companies.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Prescription Drug Assistance
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) maintains a listing of commonly prescribed psychiatric medications and information about contacting pharmaceutical companies regarding medication assistance programs for low-income individuals and families.

Internet Drug Coupons
Internet Drug Coupons is an internet-based system of information about drug discounts and vouchers provided by the pharmaceutical industry. Information is organized by drug name, drug category, and manufacturer. Help with comparing drug prices

GoodRx website compares prices on prescription drugs available at U.S.-registered pharmacies in your area. Simply enter the drug name and your zip code.

American Association of Retired People (AARP)
AARP’s “Drug Savings Tool” website helps you determine if there are less expensive options you can discuss with your doctor.

These groups in Waukesha County also provide patient assistance:

Waukesha County Aging / Disability Resource Center
The center assists seniors and those with disabilities with paper work to obtain their medications through patient assistance programs. A benefit specialist assists with completing applications for discounted or free medications through drug manufacturers and provides information about less expensive options and cost-effective drug plans. The specialist also helps apply for state and federal programs.

ProHealth Care Hispanic Health Resource Center
201 N.W. Barstow Street, Suite 109
Waukesha, WI 53188

The Hispanic Health Resource Center (HHRC) is a wellness and advocacy resource center dedicated to promoting and preserving the quality of life for Hispanics in Waukesha County. The caring bilingual staff members are on hand to provide culturally relevant answers to health-related questions, to advocate, to reduce barriers to health care access, and provide direct care and education. The HHRC staff provides health promotion programs, chronic disease management and client advocacy. The program can be reached at 262-928-4181.