I'll try to make this brief and informative. I am now 66 yrs old. I have 'achieved' retirement age according to current legislation. Along with my advanced experience I now have a NEED for prescription drugs. I'm dependent upon their availability at any cost.
Two of my 5 prescriptions became due for refills last week. I called to order them from my regular pharmacy. I was told the medicines were ready for pick up. When I got there and was told that the cost for just two of the 5 scripts I have was $278.90. I told them to keep it and left.
I got onto my trusty computer and searched out a site called goodRx which provided me with all kinds of pricing choices from virtually every major prescription drug provider. All the usual suspects. WalMart, KMart, Walgreens, CVS, etc...along with a printable discount card replete with 4 identifying strings of numbers and an 866 number for the pharmacy to call with any questions.
My printer is not working. I called my pharmacy and gave them the discount card's numbers over the phone. Moments later the pharmacy tech came back with new pricing for my two prescriptions. A grand total of $49.24! I'd spent just few minutes online and on the phone and saved almost $230.00...now, my scripts are for 90 days...so...X's that by about 4 and you see how much money I could have been giving over to these companies.
My problems with this particular order were not quite over. When I began to fill my pill box for my week's worth of daily meds, I discovered that I only had half of the number of pills for one of the meds...and was shorted 10 capsules of the other one.
Luckily, my pharmacy was very cooperative and it only cost me another trip to the store to rectify the error.
Bottom line here is this. Bush's Medicare boondoggle Part D is another example of bullshit medical legislation designed to funnel drug dependent patients into profitable exchanges that do not actually save money.
Part D precludes price negotiations. Once you've invested in a supplemental Part D insurance program, you're locked in to their structure.
It turns out, that MY prescriptions can be negotiated successfully by ME.