Amy Tenderich was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in May of 2003. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Diabetes Mine and co-authored the book Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes. You will frequently find her speaking at diabetes, health, and social media events across the country.

Discount drug card programs are a great resource that offer free or low-cost prescription drugs to those who qualify.

To be eligible, you must currently have no prescription drug coverage and you cannot qualify for Medicare. You typically also have to fall below a certain threshold for household income. For example, to participate in the program, you must earn less than $30,000 for a single person or $60,000 for a family of four (income eligibility is adjusted for family size), and you must be a legal resident of the United States or Puerto Rico.

Here’s a list of discount card programs worth looking into: or 1-800-444-4106. Over 150 medications available, including glucose meters, test strips, and insulin. or 1-888-216-2461. Deep discounts on all prescription drugs. or email to Up to 80 percent off the cost of prescription medicines, over-the-counter drugs, and even pet prescription drugs. or 1-866-662-1351. The eSun Patient Card for the uninsured offers an average savings of 20 percent off retail prices. or 1-800-300-3301 (English and Spanish). “Up to 30 percent savings on eight out of 10 prescriptions.” or 1-866-410-4225 (answering machine only). Savings of up to 75 percent at more than 54,000 national and regional pharmacies. or 1-888-274-7879. “Savings range from 10 percent to 60 percent on most medications” at more than 60,000 pharmacies nationwide. or 1-888-516-2535. Cash discounts of up to 50 percent on most medications at more than 55,000 local pharmacies. or 1-877-321-6755. An average of 30 percent discount on medicines at thousands of local independent pharmacies. or 1-800-886-8412. Up to 80 percent savings on medications for people and pets at over 60,000 participating pharmacies nationwide. or 1-225-229-3085. Up to 75 percent off all FDA-approved drugs at 57,000 pharmacies nationwide.


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