Unfortunately, not many people know about discount prescription cards. This is a true shame because of their many benefits. It is even more important for those people that are struggling financially, and are considering not purchasing important medications in order to meet their budgets.
Fortunately, many people are introduced to a medication discount card through advertisements at their doctor’s office, in local newspapers, or at medical sites on the internet. Unfortunately, the benefits of discount prescription cards seem so great that many people think they are just a come-on and ignore them.
The fact of the matter is that a medication discount card is much like a coupon, only much better. Coupons are meant to establish some excitement about a particular product that may not be selling as well as expected. It may also be issued on a popular item in order to gain new customers away from competitor’s stores. In any case, the coupon is limited to a specific item at a specific store, and often is only good for a limited time. This is how a coupon differs from a medication discount card. Discount prescription cards never expire. They are also able to provide discounts at a wide variety of stores. These stores are generally larger chains as opposed to the small stores found locally. Chances are that your favorite stand-alone pharmacy, or the pharmacy you go to in your grocery store or discount store, will accept your medication discount card.
However, discount prescription cards are like coupons in that they are marketing devices designed to bring you to stores. Large chains understand that a majority of people needs medications on a regular basis, and if they can entice customers into their stores, they will stay and shop. If the store is attractive enough, they may gain new, regular customers. This is why they support the discount cards. As a consumer, you may think of these cards as like coupons, but much better.
A great way to find these discount cards is online. Simply search in your favorite browser and find an online source that matches your expectations. One thing to look for is that the discount cards are free. The pharmacy stores pay them a small amount for their services. There should be no charge to you. It is also nice to find an online site that provides a list of the places that its cards are honored. This may save you a trip. They may also provide you a list of drugs that are discounted, although this is a more difficult prospect. One discount card source actually maintains a growing list surpassing 57,000 drugs. A more effective way of finding if your drug is included is to simply present the card at your pharmacy on your next medication purchase, and let the pharmacist determine the discount for you. Very handy sites will actually generate a web page that allows you to print out your card immediately. This works in much the same way as airline boarding passes and online movie tickets. The best sites for discount cards may ask you for some limited information, but should not be asking for anything like your social security number. The most appropriate sites may only ask for your name and email address.
You may also find these cards at your doctor’s office, your church, or your business. Pharmacies encourage the use of these cards and their distribution in any way possible. All that is left for you is to take your card and get discounts of up to 75%.