Hi Kara, Actually, I found that Costco is much less expensive for some meds than Walmart and you don't need to have a membership to use the pharmacy. Just tell the person checking ID cards at the door that you're going to the pharm and they'll let you in. Of course you can't purchase anything else besides prescript
ions, not even aspirin, but at least you may get a better price on the meds.
It's true that meds get cheaper as the # goes up too. There is a price for the filling of the prescript
ion and then the price per pill. If you get more, that price may get lower, just like the family size packages are cheaper. Another issue for some is that the co-pay is based on the cost that the pharmacy charges your insurance. The drug store might charge $50 and you have a co-pay of $30, but someplace like Walmart or Costco could charge $42 and you co-pay could drop to $25 or whatever the next lower one is. I've actually seen this in action with my Mom's insurance. There was a $15 difference in her co-pay between the local drug store and Costco for the same generic medication and same # of pills.
Do you have a mail in program available to you? I was getting my Oxy every 30 days for which I paid $56 & change. I also had a $25 co-pay for the office visit because you can't have refills on Oxy. This totaled almost $82 per month! My insurer gave told me how to look up the State Laws which designate that for mail in insurance programs, a licensed practitioner can prescribe up to a 90 day supply of Schedule 2 meds. I only have coverage for 60 days, but since I made that switch, I only see the Doc every 2 months and the co-pay for the 60 day supply is $20. I went from paying $82 per month to paying $45 every 2 months! This is something you should definitely look into. I literally saved over $1000 just on the cost of meds since I made the switch last year.
In any case, the bottom line for all of us is finding the most appropriate med to treat our pain. If the MS Contin worked the best for you, then that is the med you should have. I can also see that the cost of meds is something that needs to be considered. Like you, I am counting my pennies and I've had to make choices about
meds based on the overall cost.
In any case, I hope that you and your Doc can figure out which med will offer you the most relief and dig into your purse the least. Be well.
Keah a.k.a. Wormy
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