The GoodRx Prescription Savings Blog

The latest updates on prescription drugs and ways to save from the GoodRx medical team


New Lower Prices for More Brand-Name Drugs!

by Elizabeth Davis on May 16, 2017 at 12:07 pm

Last week, GoodRx rolled out exclusive new savings on more than 40 brand-name prescriptions, and we also promised to pursue discounts for more drugs.

Today, we’re happy to announce new Inside Rx discounts for 6 more brands:

  • Colcrys (treats gout): 45% off retail price
  • Uloric (treats gout): 16% off retail price
  • Amitiza (treats constipation): 40% off retail price
  • Dexilant (treats GERD): 40% off retail price
  • Trintellix (treats depression): 24% off retail price
  • AirDuo Respiclick (treats COPD): just released so no comparison available yet

Like all GoodRx coupons, these new discounts are easy to use—just search for your drug and print out the discount. There are no fees, forms, paperwork, or sign-ups required. These discounts work at most major pharmacy chains.

A reminder—if you have insurance, you may also want to consider manufacturer co-pay programs. Just click on the Savings Tips link after you search for a drug to see which option will save you the most. On the Savings Tips page, we also list patient assistance programs and other valuable savings tips.

Keep in mind, there are a few restrictions attached to these discounts (learn more here).

We know that many other brand-name drugs are still too expensive, and we are continuing to expand the Inside Rx program. We’ll be adding more drugs and discounts soon. If you take a prescription that is too expensive, email us at help@goodrx.com, and we’ll make finding a lower price for your prescription a priority.


Lower Prices for 40+ Brand-Name Drugs – Finally!

by Doug Hirsch on May 8, 2017 at 7:20 am

At GoodRx, we’ve spent the last 6 years trying to do one thing—make prescriptions more affordable for Americans. We’re proud to say that we’ve helped millions of Americans save more than $2 billion, but that’s just a beginning—after all, Americans spend more than $400 billion on prescriptions each year!

Prescriptions – especially brand-name drugs—remain too expensive for most Americans. Recent changes to insurance plans and laws always seem to end up leaving you, the patient, paying more.

GoodRx finds discounts that can dramatically reduce the cost of generics—often 80% or more—but reducing the cost of brand-name drugs is much harder. Unlike generics, most brand-name drugs are only made by one manufacturer—often a company that has spent huge sums to bring that drug to market – and without competitive forces in place, it can be hard to find discounts.

With the collective bargaining power of millions of Americans behind us, GoodRx began talking to Express Scripts (the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit manager), drug manufacturers and major pharmacies to see if we could work together to bring down the high cost of prescriptions.

Today, we’re proud to announce a partnership with Inside Rx, a new subsidiary of Express Scripts, that reduces the cost of more than 40 popular brand-name drugs by an average of 34% off the retail price. Included on the list are Proair, Lantus, Humalog and many other popular prescriptions that treat diabetes, asthma, COPD and other conditions. On average, these discounts will provide savings of about $1,600 per year.

The discounts are easy to use—just search for your drug and print out the discount. It’s 100% free—there are no forms, paperwork, or sign-up required. These discounts work at most major pharmacy chains, and we’ll be adding many more drugs and new discounts over the coming months.

There are a few restrictions attached to these discounts—you can learn more in our FAQ. Also note that if you have insurance, you may also want to consider manufacturer co-pay programs—just click on the Savings Tips tab after you search for a drug to see which option will save you the most. On the Savings Tips page, we also list patient assistance programs and other valuable savings tips.

To learn more about this program, check out www.goodrx.com/brand, which lists all of the covered drugs and provides more details.

We’re excited about the GoodRx / Insider Rx partnership, and we think it’s a good start towards reducing the cost of brand-name prescriptions. However, even with these new discounts, many brand-name drugs are still hundreds or thousands of dollars, and that’s simply too much. We won’t rest until every American can afford the prescriptions they need to stay healthy.


GoodRx Teams Up With 2017 Webby Award Nominee Iodine

by Elizabeth Davis on April 17, 2017 at 3:49 pm

At GoodRx, our mission is to help Americans find the lowest prices on their prescriptions. We work hard to bring you the best drug prices and information, and to help make it easier for you to get the medication you need.

We also know that taking prescription medications comes with plenty of concerns other than cost. Many folks worry about side effects, whether a prescription is working or not, along with many other questions.

That’s why we’ve teamed up with a great company called Iodine. Iodine has built a terrific resource for learning all about the upsides and downsides of the medications you take. They’ve gathered reliable data and clear information about hundreds of commonly used drugs, and collected the experience of thousands of real people to help you know what to expect from a medication.

What can you find on Iodine? Some highlights include:

  • Real-life reviews of drugs from more than 100,000 Americans
  • Expert content written by pharmacists and doctors in clear, human language
  • Simple charts of side effects from FDA data
  • Comparisons of different drugs, so you can understand your options at a glance
  • Personalized tips on pregnancy, alcohol, and food issues

It’s all online, all free, and all designed to be easy to read and navigate. We think it’s a great complement to the pricing information that GoodRx offers (and you’ll see GoodRx pricing data on Iodine as well). In the months ahead, we’ll also be working with the folks at Iodine to bring some of their valuable information to GoodRx, in ways that make your experience better.

And it turns out, we’re not the only ones who like Iodine. They are finalists for Best Health Website at the Webby Awards (an honor that GoodRx received in 2012). We’re really proud of our partners at Iodine, and want to spread the word—if you have a moment, take a look at Iodine, and vote for them here!


Good News! GoodRx Finds Even Lower Prices at CVS And Other Pharmacies

by Doug Hirsch on January 27, 2017 at 4:52 pm

For years, GoodRx has been telling Americans to compare prices and shop around.

With the support of millions of Americans, GoodRx has just negotiated even greater savings at a number of pharmacy chains. There’s never been a better time to shop around than now.

Prices at many pharmacies will be changing in February and March—which means big opportunities for you to save even more.

CVS drops prices by as much as 80%

Starting February 1, GoodRx discount prices at CVS will drop by up to 80% for many prescriptions. This is great news—CVS has more than 9,000 pharmacy locations across the US, and CVS is often the most convenient option for many folks.

Expect to see huge savings on popular cholesterol meds like rosuvastatin (Crestor), which will decrease by 80%—from around $200 to under $40 for thirty 10 mg tablets! You should see price decreases on many other prescriptions as well, including duloxetine (Cymbalta)—a 50% drop from around $60 to around $30—and montelukast (Singulair)—dropping nearly 30% from around $70 to $20 for thirty 10 mg tablets.

If you fill your prescriptions elsewhere and there’s a CVS nearby, you may want to take another look. When visiting CVS, be sure to bring a new GoodRx coupon to get the best price.

Big savings at other pharmacies

We’ve negotiated better discounts at a number of other major pharmacies. Many of these new prices will be lower than your insurance co-pay, so it’s always worth checking. Over the next few months, you’ll see new, lower prices rolling out across many major pharmacy chains.

Price increases at Sam’s Club and others

While many pharmacies are dropping prices, they will be increasing at some pharmacy chains. For example, Sam’s Club has just announced that they will no longer honor pharmacy discounts (from anyone, not just GoodRx). If you’ve used GoodRx to fill at Sam’s Club, you may want to consider other options or check out their membership program (we list Sam’s membership prices on GoodRx so you can compare).

It’s never been more important to shop around. But why?

Whether you see your costs at your regular pharmacy go up or down, we always recommend checking GoodRx every time you fill for the latest coupons and discounts. We never want you to be surprised when you pick up your prescription.

To make sure you get the best price, simply print, text, or email yourself a new coupon for your next refill. If you have our mobile app, just ask your pharmacist to enter the new coupon information you’ll find on the app.


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