Prescription drugs can be quite costly and there seems to be no regulating the price. You may have five pharmacies in your town and each one charges a different amount for the drug you need. Most insurance companies don’t offer 100% coverage for prescription drugs either, so you’ll want to do everything you can to pay the least amount out of pocket as possible. GoodRx is one tool that can help you accomplish this. Read on to learn how to save with GoodRx.
GoodRx was founded in 2011 in Santa Monica, California, and since then, the company reports that they’ve helped over 18 million people save over $30 billion on the cost of their prescriptions. So, just how does the company do this?
GoodRx works hard to set-up accounts with retailers around the country. They work with big name pharmacies, as well as smaller chains. These agreements include providing customers, like yourself, with a nice discount. In many cases, this allows someone who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford their medication to begin the treatment that was prescribed by their doctor.
When researching any company, it’s always good to check reviews from people who have already used the service.
The first place to check is the Better Business Bureau (BBB). GoodRx currently has an A+ rating with the BBB. Customers rate the company 4.72 out of 5 stars, which is great because most people only head to the BBB when they want to complain.
Next, I like to check Trustpilot. Trustpilot has GoodRx ranked as “Excellent” with 4.5 out of 5 stars. Some reviewers report that the company has excellent customer service, while others are impressed with how easy the sign up process is. One customer stated that his insurance only offered a $20 discount on his prescription, but by going with GoodRx, he got a $100 discount!
How to Save With GoodRx
It’s important to note that GoodRx can not be used along with your insurance. You can, however, ask your pharmacist how much the medication costs through your insurance and then how much it costs without insurance, but through GoodRx (which is entirely free). In many cases, forgoing your insurance and using GoodRx can save you money.
When you’re ready to give GoodRx a try, simply head to their website to sign up. After you download the app to your tablet or phone, you can search the price of your medication at all of your local pharmacies, to see which one has the lowest cost. Then, you can check to see if GoodRx offers a coupon for that medication to bring the total price even lower. If there is a coupon, show the coupon on the app to the pharmacy technician at check out.
While you can request a GoodRx ID card to present to your pharmacy technician, users report that simply running the card doesn’t guarantee you the best deal. You need to use the app to locate the best price and to find any available coupons.
Samples of Savings on GoodRx’s homepage:
- Zoloft: Normally $12.83, but $63 with GoodRx
- Atorvastatin: Normally $17.80, but $10.11 with GoodRx
- Azithromycin: Normally $27.31, but $10.49 with GoodRx
- Omeprazole: Normally $13.53, but $5.25 with GoodRx
- Sildenafil: Normally $183.09, but $14.32 with GoodRx
Other GoodRx Offerings
Prescription savings isn’t the only thing GoodRx has to offer. The company also offers same-day online doctor appointments for as little as $19 with a Gold Membership and $49 without one. If a medication is prescribed, GoodRx can send it to the pharmacy of your choice or arrange to have the prescription delivered right to your home.
Another perk is the assistance with lab testing. The company can arrange for at-home tests, as well as help you find a service center for tests that can’t be done at home. Prices for this service begin at $50. Again, you’ll always want to compare the GoodRx price for the service with the cost of the service performed through your insurance company.
With over 70,000 pharmacies accepting GoodRx, it’s worth checking prices before simply going through your insurance. You may potentially save big over the course of one year, especially if you take a recurring medication. Additionally, since GoodRx is completely free (unless you opt for their Gold Membership), you really have nothing to lose.