Discount Drug Cards

By VickieF Latest Reply 2011-07-24 20:21:34 -0500
Started 2011-02-02 21:18:38 -0600

I have recieved a couple of discount drug cards. I took them to my Pharmacist and had her check them out. She told me that it would cost more to use them than it would to use the pharmacies $4.00 program. This being because most of the discount drug cards require you to get the name brand product.
Has anyone anyone found one that does not?

7 replies

dubyadd 2011-07-24 20:21:34 -0500 Report

I have found the exact same thing. I have no insurance so I have to pay cash. My doctor said the cash discount was more than the rx card discount ( they would not do both since the card discount is really about the co-pay in the insurance). But about 6 months ago my pharmacy started a free diabetic drug program. They don't give you much at a time, and they are not sure how long it will continue, but my diabetic drugs are all free for now.

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Lucinda Sullivan 2011-02-20 00:59:36 -0600 Report

Try I found that their coupons works great and you can order a discount card for any medications. The percentage of discount varies on which medication you use.

GabbyPA 2011-02-02 22:16:50 -0600 Report

For now, all my prescriptions fall in the $4 category, so I have not had to use any cards from pharmacies.

VickieF 2011-02-03 01:27:48 -0600 Report

I'm glad that your do. I am trying to get my N/P to sign the papers and send them in so that my insulin will go to her office one a month. I could not afford it when she called it into the pharmacy. I went to pick it up and was told the lantus pen was $300. So even with a card I could not afford it. and then the needles $30-35. I cried. On the way home my boyfriend asked me to stop and pick up a couple of sodas (diet) at the gas station close to home (we Never do that on the way home.) I did and this very nice cashier kept asking me why I was so upset. I finally told her. While doing so another woman came up behind me. I went out to the car and was buckling up when the lady came to my door. She asked me what my script was for and I showed it to her. She told me if we would wait until she pumped her gas and follow her home She would give me some. She said her aunt had just passed away and she had been given hers. Her DR. had just changed her insulin so she had no need for it. She pumped her Gas and I followed her home. She gave me 3 vials of insulin and 2 boxes of needles.
This Angel told me she had been almost home when she looked at her gas gauge and turned her car around to go get gas. She drove to the third gas station (the one I was at) to get gas. What a life saver. Talk about Angels amoung us.

bobec4 2011-02-03 06:58:14 -0600 Report

Thank you for that story. I really needed to be reminded that some people do care for complete strangers sometimes. I remember when I was first diagnosed with T2. I was unemployed in oklahoma, had no insurance, a wife and a 2 year old to support. I was prescribed Lantus as well but couldn't afford it so I went to the health department for help. The response I received was " I'm sorry but because you are male we cannot help you". That was when the first depression set in. Three days later with nothing to help me control my BG (I was also given no information on diet control) I went to the ER because I was passing out and there was a very kind nurse there who took the time to research information on the internet and make up a care packet for me of tons of information I would eventually use to help me get control of my BG. The next day I received a call from the hospitals social worker who got me in touch with several charity networks to help me get the supplies I needed. It was such a godsend! Eventually I was taken off the Lantus and put on oral medications which has helped with the cost dramatically. To this day I have never forgot those first few days and how helpless I felt. I believe the biggest responsibility that I have besides taking care of my health is helping others that may feel as lost as i felt those first few months. As of today my BG is getting there and my health has improved but I keep it in the back of my mind that I might not be where I am today but for the kindness of complete strangers.

VickieF 2011-02-03 08:42:43 -0600 Report

All I can say is there Really are Great people out there. Unfortunately we rarely get to see them. I think that : however; is due to the fact we get so used to seeing the not so nice in people that we forget to open our eyes to the good ones unless it is really big.