Here’s how to get prescription drugs filled for less money
This summer, the pharmacy at the grocery store will no longer give out prescriptions for free, but there are several options for finding the same medications for less.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Everything costs more these days with inflation, so it’s no surprise that Publix is scrapping the free drug program this summer.
It’s been around for almost 15 years, so you may have depended on it to get your prescriptions filled. A handful of popular medications, including antibiotics and treatments for high blood pressure and diabetes, are available free from the Lakeland-based retailer.
“Publix launched its free prescription program in 2007, and to date we’ve dispensed more than 100 million free prescriptions,” said Hannah Herring, spokeswoman for Publix.
“We are constantly evaluating our programs and services to make sure they are serving their intended purpose and are changing over time. The drugs offered through our program are usually covered by insurance plans.”
Customer Laurel Click says her husband has a heart condition called atrial fibrillation, also known as A-fib, and relies on the free prescription program to get his antibiotics.
“He needs to have amoxicillin anytime he has to have dental work or any other kind of work that involves blood,” Click said.
So what are your options now? Let’s take a deeper dive.
Herring says starting June 1, maintenance medications including metformin, lisinopril and amlodipine will be eligible for $7.50 for a 90-day supply and amoxicillin will be $7.50 $ for a 14 day supply. Quantity limits still apply.
Some of the same medications offered for free by Publix, including metformin and lisinopril, are $4 at Walmart. The hypermarket has nearly a hundred different generics that cost between $4 and $40 depending on the drug.
Good RX suggests that if you can’t find your medicine available at a discount, grab one of their coupons. Sometimes they offer a better price than your insurance. Also, the manufacturer may offer a coupon card that can help you get a better price, maybe even for free.