Prescription drug prices have skyrocketed to the point where studies have found that nearly a third of patients don’t get their first-time prescriptions filled — they just can’t afford them.
But the good news is that you can save a lot of money just by shopping around using your smartphone.
Price comparison: GoodRx vs. LowestMed
And in some cases, the apps find prices that are even lower than your insurance co-pay – or sometimes free!
We wanted to see the difference between these two apps, which are both very easy to use, so we decided to compare the prices of seven popular drugs.
Editor’s note: GoodRx is on the left; LowestMed is on the right.
Atorvastatin (generic Lipitor)
Finasteride (generic Propecia)
Omeprazole (generic Prilosec)
Zolpidem (generic Ambien)
We discovered that GoodRx found the lowest price six out of seven times, mostly because of special one-time offers through GoodRx for the first fill.
It’s probably worth downloading both apps (or going to their websites) to run the numbers.
In fact, even before you leave your doctor’s office, you can pull out your smartphone and search for the lowest price using these tools to see if you can afford your new script.
How to get brand-name drugs for less!
GoodRx has now partnered with Inside Rx, a subsidiary of Express Scripts, to reduce the cost of dozens of brand-name drugs.
“We’ve negotiated exclusive savings that can help millions of Americans. With this program, eligible patients can save over $1,600 per year,” GoodRx said on its website.
There are no fees or signups to receive these discounts, but not everyone is eligible to participate. Click here to learn more about Inside Rx and see a list of the drugs discounted by the program.