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It’s not always easy to get prescriptions filled, but help is out there. There are programs for residents of certain states (40 states) that offer to give prescription medicines to everyone, not just the poor.
Some local governments offer prescription discounts if you buy a membership in a ‘medicine club.’ It’s worth the trouble it takes to find out if this is offered in your state as people save 10-50% on prescription costs.
The new $4 List is a great discount for most people as a lot of the most commonly prescribed medicines are on it. However, the $4 List does have a problem. A Portland, Ore. Woman was prescribed 150mg of a medicine once a day. No pharmacy had the dose and she found it to be expensive ($80).
Be Creative; Check the Doses
She finally asked the fourth pharmacist what she could do, since she needed the medicine. He advised her to go back to her doctor and ask for a new prescription; one where she takes six 25mg pills (in stock) at once, once a day, for a price of $20 (the lower dose was on the $4 list).
Another woman who’d just had major surgery couldn’t make her rent. She spoke to the hospital’s human resources manager, who had her fill out a form. In a couple of days, she heard from the HR manager – he had a check for the amount of her rent. It came from a private fund for people in bad financial situations due to medical problems.
To get medicine help, be creative; try to think a little out of the box; ask everywhere.