Money and your meds
Medicines can be very expensive, but it’s important to find a way to afford the prescriptions you need.
Medicine mistakes people often make when medicines are too expensive are:
• They don’t buy a medicine their doctor prescribed, or
• They take less medicine than their doctor prescribed, or
• They split pills to make their medicines last longer. (Sometimes this is OK – visit the link on splitting pills below for details.)
All of these can cause serious problems. You may not get better or your condition may get worse.
If your medicines are expensive,
• Talk to your pharmacist Sometimes there is a different medicine you can take that’s cheaper.
• Request generic drugs. One of the best ways to save money is to use generic drugs whenever possible. Generic drugs are safe, effective lower-cost versions of “name brand” drugs. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if there is a generic version of medicine you take.
• Consumer Reports has a guide on Getting the Best Price on Your Drugs, and more money-saving guides.
• Financial help. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to recommend a program that can help you pay for prescriptions. There are many. Click here to learn more.
In some cases, you may be able to save money by cutting a pill in half. But for other medicines, this can be dangerous! Always ask your pharmacist to make sure it is OK to split a medicine.
Buying medicine online
Buying medicine online from a safe pharmacy is fine. But some companies sell fake or unsafe medicine. Visit this U.S. Food and Drug Administration page for more information on risks, warning signs and tips on finding a safe online pharmacy.
Use this link to send an email to: AKMedED@alaska.gov