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. And if you can’t, ask your doctor if there are any cheaper alternatives available.