How much can I really expect to save with the Prescription Discount Card?
The average savings with the Prescription Discount Card is $23 per use of our card. There are many drugs where Discount Drug Network’s pricing is 70-85% off the retail price at the pharmacy, however there are also some drugs, typically the more expensive brand drugs, where our discount only provides a few dollars in savings or sometimes no savings when compared to the pharmacy’s retail price. Because everyone has a different level of pharmacy benefit with their insurance, or sometimes none at all, it’s difficult to know your exact savings unless you call us or go online to look up pricing for your specific prescription. The pricing tool on our website is incredibly easy to use and helps you price compare the prescription you need at all local participating pharmacies.
What if I have health insurance, can I still save with the Prescription Discount Card?
The Prescription Discount Card can NOT be used IN COMBINATION with health insurance, but many, many insured patients who try our Prescription Discount Card find that it provides lower pricing than what they could get through their insurance – even lower than their co-pay. In order to guarantee that you pay the lowest possible price, the best thing to do when you fill your prescription is to show both your insurance ID card AND the Prescription Discount Card. Ask your pharmacist to look up the price for your prescription with both – and use whichever gets you the best price.
My Rx was cheaper than my insurance co-pay with the Prescription Discount Card!
"My Rx was cheaper than my insurance co-pay with the Prescription Discount Card! My co-pay is $10 for generics but the pharmacist checked the price with the Prescription Discount Card and it was only $6.50!"
By using our card, our member paid a total $26.68 instead $45 in copays and recieved a total savings of $18.32 or 41% over his insurance and 47% over the retail prices.
|Drug Label Name||Quanttity||Retail Price||Ceneric Co-Pay||Prescription Discount Price|
|Simvastatin 20 mg||30||$18.93||$15.00||$9.27|
|Lisinopril 20 mg||30||$18.93||$15.00||$8.40|
|Ibuprofen 600 mg||20||$12.81||$15.00||$9.01|
Do pharmacies really charge different prices?
Yes, all the time! It is a very common occurrence to find two pharmacies very close to each other charge different prices for the exact same prescription drug. If you compared pricing for many drugs, you’d likely find that one is cheaper for many drugs, but the other is cheaper for many other drugs. This makes it hard to plan for and demonstrates exactly the problem when there is no pricing transparency in a marketplace. Discount Drug Network’s mission is to bring pricing transparency to prescription drugs.
Does that mean pharmacy loyalty might be costing me?
It is very likely that your habitual use of the same neighborhood pharmacy IS costing you money. Because different pharmacies charge different prices for the same drugs, and they even change their own pricing over time based on inventory and other factors, the only way to ensure you’re getting the best price every time is to first use our online drug pricing tool, which helps you find the best price for your prescription from all the participating pharmacies in your area.
I was skeptical at first of the Prescription Discount Card...
"I was very skeptical at first of the Prescription Discount Card. It's hard to believe something free could be legit. I must say, however, that I was pleasantly surprised. I've used this card 3 times now and 2 of the 3 times it gave me a price that was lower than my insurance co-pay. I love the search tool on the website too!"
What’s the bottom line? How much will I save with the Prescription Discount Card?
Uninsured patients should expect to see substantial savings with the Prescription Discount Card, as they are comparing our best negotiated pharmacy pricing to the exorbitant retail price. Insured patients, however, will still often see significant savings and should habitually provide their Prescription Discount Card along with their insurance ID card to the pharmacist when filling a prescription. We use an Rx BIN and Rx GRP numbering system, JUST LIKE INSURANCE ID CARDS, so just ask the pharmacist to enter our card into their system just like they would with a secondary insurance card. The numbers will then be saved in their computer for convenient future use. Remember: compare pricing and you’ll always get the best price. You’ll be surprised at how often the Prescription Discount Card gives a price lower than your insurance co-pay, especially for generic drugs.
Still have questions? See our Frequent Questions or call us at 1-877-537-5537.