Managing drug costs without insurance can be very challenging for many people. Take Joanne Smith as an example. Joanne is very healthy for her age – she is 87 years old and does not take prescription medications chronically. The only daily medication she takes is a low dose aspirin, just as her mother did at her age. When it came time to enroll in a Medicare plan to cover prescription drugs, Joanne decided against buying a Medicare Part D plan for prescription insurance coverage, since she does not take enough medications to make the monthly premium worth it to her.
However, this year, Joanne went to the hospital. She thought she had a severe case of the flu. Upon arrival at the hospital, she was diagnosed with community-acquired pneumonia and was hospitalized for a week. During her stay she was put on an antibiotic, which she had to take for 2 weeks after she got out of the hospital. She was also prescribed a cough medication with codeine and a short acting albuterol inhaler for wheezing and cough, as well over the counter medications to suppress her cough and reduce her fever.
When she was discharged from the hospital, Joanne’s doctor called the three prescription medications in to her local Rite Aid pharmacy. One prescription was for her antibiotic, levofloxacin 500mg tablets, that she was to take once daily for 14 days, one was for her cough syrup, 120 milliliters of Cheratussin AC, and the last was for an albuterol inhaler, Ventolin HFA. She was shocked when she was told the total cost of her pneumonia medications – over $340!
The antibiotic would cost a whopping $268.99 for 14 tablets, without any discounts or insurance. The pharmacy offered to use their store discount card to take 10% to 15% off, but the cost after the store discount was applied remained high at about $228. The price of her albuterol inhaler was also high, with a charge of $62.99 before any discounts were applied, and $53.54 with the store discount. Her cough syrup was the most reasonable at $15.99 before any discounts were applied, and $13.59 with the store discount, but in combination with her antibiotic and inhaler, this medication regimen was unaffordable to Joanne.
The Reality of Managing Drug Costs without Insurance Hits Home
She could not believe how expensive her medications were, and decided to go home and discuss her options with her daughter before buying them as she did not have enough money to pay for everything. When Joanne discussed the outrageous price of her medications with her daughter, they thought there must be a cheaper way to obtain her critical pneumonia treatments. Together they searched for cheaper options online, and during their search they came across the Prescription Discount Card from the Discount Drug Network. Using the price search tool on Discount Drug Network’s website, Joanne’s daughter was able to look up the prices of her mother’s medications using the Prescription Discount Card at their local Rite Aid as well as other pharmacies close to their home in Seattle, WA. What they discovered surprised them – the prices were drastically cheaper using the discount card!
A Prescription Discount Card can help with Managing Drug Costs without Insurance
Joanne and her daughter found that the Prescription Discount Card drastically decreased the cost of levofloxacin – the Pharmacy Price Checker tool showed that the cost of levofloxacin at the local Rite Aid using the Prescription Discount Card would be only $26.54! They also found that the Safeway Pharmacy near their home offered an even lower price using the Prescription Discount Card – only $15.61! The cost of her inhaler was also significantly lower. The Price Checker tool showed that Ventolin would cost $49.37 at Rite Aid, and was slightly cheaper at Safeway at $49.10. Lastly, the cough syrup was $10.69 at Rite Aid on the Price Checker tool, and $9.56 at Safeway.
Joanne could not believe how much the Prescription Discount Card could save her! She asked the pharmacist to send her prescriptions to Safeway so she could get the lower prices that she was quoted for that store. Her daughter printed out a paper copy of the card and they brought it to the pharmacy together to make sure it would work properly. The prices came out exactly as they were quoted online, and they got the medications right away, enabling Joanne to continue with her pneumonia treatment. She ended up paying a total of $74.27 for her three medications at Safeway, $273 less than the initial price quotes!
Joanne regretted not getting a Medicare Part D plan when she saw the initial prices of her medications, but she learned that with the Prescription Discount Card she has a tool for managing her drug costs without insurance. Joanne requested a hard copy of the discount card that she now keeps in her wallet in case she comes across another opportunity to use it. Using the Prescription Discount Card made it possible for Joanne to purchase critical medications at a time of need, and she is happy that she has found a way to afford medications without buying an insurance plan.
About Discount Drug Network
Discount Drug Network is revolutionizing the way Americans buy prescription drugs. Their prescription shopping platform, accessed by consumers at the pharmacy through either their Rx Savings mobile app or Prescription Discount Card enable the healthcare consumer to compare pharmacy prices, compare against their insurance price, explore generic alternatives, and more. Discount Drug Network aims to make managing drug costs without insurance easy for anyone.
Discount Drug Network offers health consumers a free, simple-to-use Prescription Discount Card that enables everyone, regardless of age, income, or insurance status, to save on Rx drugs.