How to Save Money with the CHMRx savings card
SELECT THE LOWEST-COST OPTION
Many brand-name prescription medications have a generic equivalent. Generic drugs are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for safety and effectiveness, and are manufactured under the same strict rules which apply to their brand-name twin. So ask your physician and pharmacist if there is a generic drug that will save you money. If no generic equivalent is available, there may still be a lower-cost option within the same class of drugs that performs the functions your care requires. Once again, consult with your physician on these money-saving alternatives.
SHOP ONLY AT PREFERRED PHARMACIES
Participating pharmacies are required to offer you discounts and assist in performing some fairly complicated drug management procedures for CHMRx card holders. Not all of the Pharmacies participating in this program show concern with your health and saving you money, and therefore are deserving of your business and loyalty.
SHOW YOUR CARD EVERY TIME
To make sure your medication is checked for safety and billed correctly, please show your CHMRx card to they pharmacist every time you need to fill a prescription. To be certain you receive the maximum benefit, you need to show your card each time you have your prescriptions filled.
CONSULT WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN ABOUT NON-PRESCRIPTION SOLUTIONS
Before you begin a new prescription medication, talk with your doctor about non-prescription modifications to your lifestyle, diet or exercise. These changes may postpone, reduce, or avoid the need to take a new medication.
UNDERSTAND YOUR DRUG THERAPY
You invest a lot of money in your medications. In order to get the most value for your dollar, be sure you’re using your prescription drugs effectively. Make sure your physician and pharmacist explain how to take each prescription medication.
REVIEW YOUR OTHER MEDICATION
Disclose all the medications that you are taking to your physician and the pharmacist before they prescribe or dispense a new medication. Some medications may intensify or reduce the effectiveness of another, or may even duplicate the effects of another drug you are taking.
To get the most from your medication, consider the effects of:
Food and water being taken with your medication.
The time of day you take your medication.
Effects of other medications, including over-the-counter drugs, on your prescription.
STORE YOUR MEDICATIONS PROPERLY
Most medications lose effectiveness when subjected to heat, moisture, light and time. A steamy bathroom or a purse left in a hot car are examples of poor places to keep medicines. Store medications in a cool, dark place. Carry daily or weekly medications in a pillbox to avoid damaging an entire supply of medication. Also, check expiration dates and dispose of expired medications by flushing them down the toilet.
Make sure your physician knows that saving money is important to you. Ask that they prescribe a generic equivalent or lower-cost alternative if at all appropriate. Also, make sure they know about any other drugs you take that may alter the effectiveness of the medication they are prescribing. Finally, make sure that you understand the drug therapy they prescribe so that you obtain the most value from the drugs you are about to invest in.