Purchasing medication can really empty your wallet, especially if you do not have health insurance. Instead, use technology to help you save time and money on those meds.
As I always say, compare prices before purchasing anything. When it comes to pricing medication, calling around from pharmacy to pharmacy can take forever, so there is an app that will help with that. It is called
GoodRx is a free app you can download on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch or Android smartphone. If you don't have any of those devices, you can go to their website at
According to Shop Smart Magazine, this prescription price comparing app was the best at finding the lowest prices on medications in your area. All you have to do is put in the name of the medication and your city or zip code. Voila! You have a list of pharmacies in your area, plus the price of that medication and if you need a coupon to get the lowest price, Good RX has that coupon available for you to print, show or text.
I looked up a couple of medications. Lipitor is a popular medication used for treating high cholesterol. We typed in Lipitor and then our location (85008). You can also narrow down your search by adding dosage, so we chose 20mg and a 30-day supply. You can also choose how far you want to travel from where you are. We chose 10 miles.
GoodRx showed price results for the brand name, Lipitor, and the generic Atorvastatin. According to GoodRx, the lowest price you can get for the brand name is $206.66 online Health Warehouse and $216.32 with coupon at Walmart. The generic form of Lipitor is Atorvastatin. The lowest price they found for the generic was $14.89 at Walmart. All other retail locations had the generic ranged from $16 to $25.
We also compared Zoloft at 50mg; this medication is used for depression and anxiety. GoodRx showed the least expensive at Walmart for $165.65 for a 30-day supply. GoodRx also compared the generic version, which is called Sertraline, and the best price was at Target for $6.12.
GoodRx also recommended that you can save more money by splitting the pills and that is my favorite part about this app!
They provide other ways to save like coupons or by offering suggestions like ordering 40mg of a pill and splitting it in half if you normally take 20mg to help save money.
It is a great resource and time saver when looking for the best prices on prescription medications.