Easily Affording My Medicine
My face isn’t clear. I go to the dermatologist for such. He prescribes a fading cream (don’t) to help with the darker spots. He warns me, though, that this prescription is expensive and not covered by my insurance (because almost every other medicine is–#privilege). I’m told to shop around, as this might run me $50. Sheesh. But I deal, because my face isn’t clear.
I lost my prescription. After finding out that it might be cheaper at Walmart, I immediately called the dermatology office to get another prescription written. It took a few days, but I finally got the call back from the receptionist to get the prescription sent to the pharmacy of my choice. Well, I work across the street from a Walmart, so send it there, I tell her. She does.
I forgot (briefly) that I sent this prescription in. Before grabbing lunch yesterday, I stopped by.
“I’m here for the prescription for Ashleigh,” I tell the pharmacist.
He looks me up in the system.
“You know, this is expensive,” he tells me.
“Yes, I know.”
The pharmacist looks down at the computer and types for a few seconds. “It’ll be $90.”
I give him an uneasy look. He reciprocates.
“There might be coupons available online. Try GoodRX,” he says.
After I tell him I’ll come back for it tomorrow, I thank him and return to work. $90? Geez, Louise, I think to myself.
So today, I forgot (briefly) about GoodRX. As I was heading to pick up the prescription, I remembered. (Because, $90.) I went to the website and it asked for the name of the medicine and the area code of the pharmacy I was picking it up from. I typed this in and stared in amazement when I saw a coupon for $20.
I eagerly printed off the coupon and went back to the Walmart. Upon recognizing me, the pharmacist asked if I found a coupon. I handed it to him as he rang up my cream.
“Wow. That’s a better deal than I expected. I figured you were going to get 40, at least 50% off. This is almost 75% off.”
Well, favor ain’t fair. “Yea, me too,” I remarked.
I paid for my $20 fading cream and went back to work as normal. But I feel that good things get returned to you when you share good news. So, this is me, Ashleigh, sharing the good news of discounted prescription coupons with you. I hope you bookmark this website and never feel oppressed by prescription prices again.
GIRL. Because. My dermatologist prescriptions ran me $150 the first time with three discount cards and after asking for generics if they were available. Still pricey, yes, but I’d have been paying upwards of $300 otherwise.
I will never pay full price again if I can help it.