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Old 12-21-2018, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Texas of course
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I'm thinking of changing to GoodRx but would like to hear from people that have this. Thank you.
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Old 12-21-2018, 03:55 PM
 
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I'm not sure what you mean by "changing to" and/or "have this."

GoodRx is not insurance, it is an internet-based coupon price that is 'good' at certain drugstores for certain meds. So you can't "change to" GoodRx like you would change insurance policies. You can choose to use GoodRx instead of putting something through your insurance coverage, though. Sometimes it is cheaper that way. You can also use it to get a lower price on a prescription drug that your insurance doesn't cover.

Anyone can use GoodRx, you just go to their website and input your zipcode and the name of the prescription and it will show you the GoodRx 'coupon price' for it at various drugstores near you. You can choose one and print out the coupon which you bring to the drugstore when you buy/pick up your medication.

So the "have" doesn't apply. It's free for all to use if they want to.

For example I occasionally need a renewal of Finacea gel (for rosacea) that my basic drug plan does not cover at all. Up till last month there was no generic version, and retail price for one tube was between $365 and $450. Using the GoodRx website I could choose from the following GoodRx coupon prices:

Stop & Shop Grocery Store Pharmacy Dept $333, Rite Aid $346, CVS $351, Walgreens $356.

But it recently went generic and so my GoodRx prices for that version are:

Rite Aid $121, Walgreens $126, CVS $149, Stop & Shop Grocery Pharmacy $205. Oddly, the least expensive brand-name version ends up being the most expensive place to get the generic.

(I eliminated Walmart because I hate that store with a passion and would rather pay a few dollars more and go elsewhere than to buy anything from them even though they had the lowest price in both cases.)
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Old 12-21-2018, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Texas of course
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I didn't word that correctly. Sorry. I know it's not insurance. I signed us up for this today. We had previously signed up for a plan with an insurance company which is 60.00 a month for each of us and we had to also pay a co-pay for the meds. The bottom line is that it's costing us more than if we just paid out of pocket so I called them and canceled it and signed up with GoodRX. It'll cost us about 30.00 a month for all the prescriptions we take which is a big savings. At one time we went to Mexico for meds but stopped going.
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Old 12-21-2018, 06:07 PM
 
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My wife uses goodrx coupons. The copay on one drug is twice the cash price with goodrx.
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Old 12-21-2018, 06:14 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I didn't word that correctly. Sorry. I know it's not insurance. I signed us up for this today. We had previously signed up for a plan with an insurance company which is 60.00 a month for each of us and we had to also pay a co-pay for the meds. The bottom line is that it's costing us more than if we just paid out of pocket so I called them and canceled it and signed up with GoodRX. It'll cost us about 30.00 a month for all the prescriptions we take which is a big savings. At one time we went to Mexico for meds but stopped going.
If you're on Medicare be careful not to cancel your Part D. If you're without it for a certain period of time, you would be forever penalized by some amount.
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Old 12-21-2018, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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I just used them today for the firs time for 2 scrips for my dogs, Tramadol and Gabapentin. I was a bit more expensive than Costco but for me Costco is 90 miles away. Kroger is much closer.
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Old 12-22-2018, 06:47 AM
 
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I have the GoodRx app on my phone and it's saved me a lot of $$. I use an allergy nasal spray, Azelastine and the price fluctuated between approximately $69 and $126, with most refills being $126 - at CVS. Using the GoodRx app, I discovered WalMart was the least expensive and have been paying $38.17 for the last 7 refills, which is a huge savings. The CVS GoodRX price is significantly less as well - something like $45.


On a smaller scale, I have saved on Azithromycin (antibiotic) and for an eczema ointment, Ultravate. There are some meds where there doesn't seem to be much of a cost break - Premarin and Nasonex, for example. I always check GoodRx before I fill a prescription.
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Old 12-22-2018, 07:43 AM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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I tried GoodRx coupons several times. Problem is, you get to the pharmacy that GoodRx prints on the coupon and the pharmacy then tells you they don't take it; OR their regular (non-insurance) price is cheaper. There are many drugs that are cheaper at the pharmacy than the cost of your copay, because Medicare is not allowed to negotiate prices for their drug plans. You have to ask at the pharmacy for them to look up the price... and it will change from month to month.

But as someone mentioned above, don't drop your Medicare Part D prescription plan until you check on the penalties you may have when you go to start it up again. Part D is insurance for when you might need one of the very expensive drugs... it's not a prepayment plan for your everyday drugs.
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Old 12-22-2018, 09:37 AM
 
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I used GoodRX recently at CVS having called ahead of time to make sure they took it. I needed it for colchicine for my pericarditis and need 2 per day which is quite pricey. Worked out great!

I am now looking into purchasing from a Canadian pharmacy as I need to have this long term
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Old 12-22-2018, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Texas of course
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I tried GoodRx coupons several times. Problem is, you get to the pharmacy that GoodRx prints on the coupon and the pharmacy then tells you they don't take it; OR their regular (non-insurance) price is cheaper. There are many drugs that are cheaper at the pharmacy than the cost of your copay, because Medicare is not allowed to negotiate prices for their drug plans. You have to ask at the pharmacy for them to look up the price... and it will change from month to month.

But as someone mentioned above, don't drop your Medicare Part D prescription plan until you check on the penalties you may have when you go to start it up again. Part D is insurance for when you might need one of the very expensive drugs... it's not a prepayment plan for your everyday drugs.

We would not be using coupons, we'd be paying for membership and we would get a card to use at the pharmacy. I've already spoken to our Pharmacy and they accept GoodRX. My biggest question is why would we need to pay $1440.00 a year for our Medicare part D's Plus pay the Co-pays for our medications with if we can use GoodRX?

The cost for our membership for the both of us would be 9.99 per month and the cost of medications would be about 30.00 a month with GoodRx.

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