Stretch your dollar at the pharmacy!


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Prescriptions are one of those things that many of us will get and pay for without even questioning the cost but News 8 found out, maybe you should be. Medications are sometimes one of life’s necessities that, as Elise Kigner can tell you, gets to be pricey sometimes.

“I don’t typically question it, I think because I don’t have insurance right at the moment that I am thinking a lot more about the cost,” Kigner said, while shopping in New Haven.

But the pharmacists at East Rock Pharmacy in New Haven say you shouldn’t feel powerless when it comes to the cost.

In fact Rob Zirlis says if money’s a problem they can help you find ways to ease the burden, maybe switching to generic medications is an option.

“You can save hundreds in some cases. From a generic to brand something could be $300 as a brand product to $20 or $30 dollars. It could be a tenth of the cost,” Zirlis said.

Also if you work with your pharmacist, sometimes splitting pills may be appropriate.

“Certain blood pressure medications and cholesterol agents at different strengths could all come in at the same price. That can easily be split,” he said.

Also, most medications have a patient assistance program that can be financially helpful.  But, there are some donts when it comes to saving at the pharmacy. Don’t use someone else’s medication or try to extend the life of yours.

“A lot of people think they can save money by skipping doses or stretching out the medication. You have to realize when you do that, it could lead to additional problems that may result in more medications or even hospitalization,” he said.

Also be careful buying online, don’t be lured into an inexpensive deal at a fly-by-night pharmacy. Before you make any adjustments you should always ask your doctor about it first to make sure what you’re doing is safe. They may be able to help you find other ways to save if money is a problem.

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