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Making It in San Diego: How to save money on your prescriptions

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Posted at 3:02 PM, Feb 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-11 18:22:25-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The rising cost of prescriptions is a major concern, but despite the skyrocketing prices there are some ways to save.

One of the quickest ways to save is to compare prices. Websites like GoodRX and the RetailMeNot RX Saver allow people to research prescriptions and grab some coupons.

Amazon allows people to shop around and maybe even find items cheaper than at the pharmacy.

If you have some extra time on your hands, experts tell 10News that buying in bulk through mail order can also save cash. 90-day prescriptions may come with reduced co-pays.

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If you don’t have the extra time and are heading straight to the pharmacy, ask if there’s a generic.

Target has a list of prescriptions that have generics and can save you some serious money.

Many San Diegans live close enough to the border to head down to Mexico to buy prescriptions at what they say are lower prices.

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While driving across the border may not be for everyone, assistance programs are yet another way to save.

"I basically Googled patient assistance programs, patient copay assistant programs, and I listed the name of the drug I was looking for,” said Gloria Rickerd.

Gloria was able to find a program that eliminated the co-pays by calling the manufacture.

There are several other ways you could save some money on prescriptions. Below is a list from Harvard:

  • Go to a big-box store: Many chains offer generic medications for just $4 or $10, according to Harvard.
  • Get a bigger dose: Some prescriptions can be divided with a pill splitter, Harvard says. People considering this option are urged to asked their doctor if this could apply to them.
  • If you’re on Medicare, consider upgrading your plan: During Medicare’s annual enrollment period, which lasts from October 15 to December 7, you have the option to switch plans that may cover more.
  • Shop around: Retail prices may change from store to store. According to Harvard, some pharmacies buy directly from drug makers while others use a middleman, which can cause prices to go up. The university recommends calling around to compare prices before driving to the store.