(ABC News) — Many people are seeing the costs of their prescription drugs going up, forcing some of them to go without. Even generic versions of drugs have gotten more expensive, some doubling in price in a year. Consumer Reports has a list of tips to avoid emptying your wallet on prescriptions.
Tip number one, ask about costs during your doctor’s visit. If the figure is too high, ask about alternatives that will not put a hole in your pocket.
Tip two: shop around. Call your insurance company and see if there are preferred pharmacies where your prescription is better covered. Some pharmacies just have a bigger profit markup.
Tip three: look beyond drug stores. Mail-order services are often cheaper. Consumer reports also recommends Costco. They have some of the cheapest prescription drug prices around, and no membership is required.
You should never not fill a prescription because you can’t pay for it. If these tips don’t help enough, contact your doctor or even the drug company. They can usually work out a way to get you what you need.