• More About Discount Drugs
  • Did you find last month's information about ordering discount drugs of help? We have no interest in any of these plans, except to find something of benefit to our readers. Those plans we listed may not be the very best or the cheapest available. We encourage and welcome suggestions from you, our readers, about other sources, or about good or bad experiences, you may have had. You will be doing a service to others trying to manage this difficult problem.
  • Mary tells us she has used Heartland Prescription Services, a mail-order discount company, for the past year with excellent service and polite phone responses to questions. The one prescription she has to compare at this time is Levolyl. Ninety Levoxyl 0.05mg cost $28.50 plus $1.75 for shipping, or $30.25 total. This works out to $0.336 for each pill, which was about half of the charge at a local "discount"pharmacy.
  • The Canadian Dr. Solve only charged $10.00 for 90, however they charged $20.00 for shipping and added in another $39.00 charge a year for the physician to call, which wasn't needed. This came to $39.95 for the 90 days or $0.441 for each pill.
  • Canada Drugs charged $17.59 for 100 plus a $13.00 shipping fee that comes to $30.59 or a few cents more than the total charged by Heartland.
  • Before getting too excited about the great prices in Canada, be sure to factor in the cost of the shipping! Heartland calls before your prescription is due to expire to ask if they should mail your refill. They also will call your physician for a renewal if this is necessary. There are no age or income limitations or questions to fill out. Their address is 11028 "O"St, Omaha, NE 68137. The phone number is 1-800-228-3353.
  • Ken, who started all of this, writes, "I just renewed a prescription for Lotensin 20 mg tablets @ Costco. My usual refill was for 90 tablets with a price of $83.00+tax at Costco. I had also recently asked for, and received, a quote from Sav-on for $110.00 for the same prescription, so Costco's price before discount was better. Understand that I have been using this drug since 1995 and had a Lifetime guaranteed price for this particular prescription from the manufacturer, Novartis, for $60.99. Using the new Together Rx Card, I was limited to only a 30-day supply of 30 tablets for a total cost of $12.00 (Cost of 90 day supply = $36.00). This is a huge discount of 57% on Costco's price, 67% on Savon and 41% on my Lifetime guaranteed price.
  • My wife, Jackie, had similar results when she renewed her 30 day supply of Monopril made by Bristol Myers Squibb using her Together Rx card. She also got her 30-day supply of Evista, made by Lilly, for $12.00 when she got her Lilly Prescription Card in about a month. We figure to save more than $100/month using the new discount cards over and above what I was already saving using my guaranteed price for Lotensin.
  • Susan writes: "I have several discount cards but the best one is from Merck. They request a prescription from your doctor and then send a 3-month supply of FREE Singulair and Pepcid. I got the two medicines I need delivered to my door within 2 weeks of the day that I applied for the card. You have to call for refills."
  • The take home message from all of this? If you make the effort to check around you may find a way to greatly cut the cost of your prescriptions.