December 10, 2009

Get Your Heart Medicines Cheaper!

Posted in Heart disease tips tagged , , , , , , , at 4:15 pm by keepyourhearthealthy

I briefly discussed in my book some ways to save money on your heart medicines. For instance, you might be able to spend less money if you get your prescriptions from more than one place. I’d like to show you all an example of how this works. In this example, I am using pricing options through United Health Care insurance for Medco Mail Order Pharmacy versus Walmart. This means that the person HAS health insurance and is getting their medicines ONLY from mail order or Walmart. The prices are also listed for 90 day supply.
Plavix 75mg prices:   Medco $50,      Walmart $75
Metoprolol 25mg twice a day prices:   Medco $9.38,    Walmart $10
Simvastatin 40mg prices:   Medco $20,       Walmart $48.88
Lisinopril 5mg prices:   Medco $20,       Walmart $10

Adding up these prices, it would cost $99.38 per 90 days receiving all your medicines through Medco only and $143.88 picking them all up at Walmart only. However, if you use Medco for ordering the Plavix, Metoprolol and Simvastatin but picked up your Lisinopril at Walmart, you’d be saving $10! That $10 would pay for another 90 days of lisinopril at Walmart!

Another option is to ask your cardiologist if you could substitute Pravastatin for Simvastatin and pick it up at Walmart for only $10. There are so many ways to save money but you have to do the research and work with your cardiologist for the best substitutes. I know it is not an easy task to work out the cheapest solution but I am happy to help you out if you have any questions! 🙂

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