Senior Citizen's Guide digital books
Senior Citizen's Guide to Pittsburgh

Experts Offer Tips on Cutting Prescription Drug Costs for Seniors

  1. Do you have more medicine than needed?

Review all medications, vitamins and supplements with your doctor or pharmacist to be sure everything is necessary and that medications and supplements are not counteracting each other.

  1. Go generic

Generic drugs often cost 30-80% less. In addition, many health plans require lower co-pays for generic drugs.

  1. Ask your doctor about costs

Tell your doctor if a drug is too expensive and ask if there are alternatives.

  1. Shop around and get the senior discount

Just because one pharmacy has the best price on one medication does not mean it has the best price on all of them. Shop around, and don’t forget to ask if there is a senior citizen discount. Make any pharmacist aware of all of the medications, vitamins and supplements you take to ensure you do not have an adverse reaction or ineffective medication.

  1. Buy in bulk

Consider buying more than the standard 30-day supply of medicine because buying more pills at once is often the best value. Many maintenance drugs are available by mail at lower costs with a 90 day supply.

  1. Ask For Samples

Many times doctors have free samples of some medications that are left by drug company representatives. But do not be surprised at the price once the free medicines run out.

As a general rule, it’s reasonable for seniors to meet with their doctor every three to six months to review medications and supplements and ask “Do I need to stay on this?”

Home    Featured Programs    Choose Local Area     Request Information
A JR Media Publication • www.jrmediallc.comSite Index