If you routinely buy the same prescription medicines, you know prices are going up, even for the generic version.
Five years ago, the popular high cholesterol drug Lipitor cost around $127. Now, we found it costs close to $237.
The osteoporosis treatment Boniva used to cost around $119, but now the price comes in closer to $240.
But even some generic prices have skyrocketed.
Take Nystatin, a generic rash medication. It tripled in price over the last five years.
And another generic anti-inflammatory, Oxaprozin, rose 5,000 percent, from $6.50 to $293.
Even if you don't pay out of pocket, you'll likely get hit with the fees through your insurance costs.
So how do you save money?
- Call your pharmacists, they might be able to get your doctor to switch to a cheaper alternative.
- Make sure to contact the pharmaceutical company directly. They may offer 30-day free trials or a small discount on the price for a limited time.
- Also, many pharmacies have discount programs . So call around and compare.
While some generic prices have gone up, they're still a better deal.
We found the generic Lipitor can save you $88. And the generic Singulair can cost you $51 less.