GoodRx in Action: Prescription Savings to Extend a Family Pet’s Life

Elizabeth Davis
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We get lots of questions from folks who don’t understand how GoodRx works. Over the next few months, we’ll provide a few short examples from Americans who have used GoodRx to understand and control their healthcare costs.

Louie is a member of Steven’s family. But not a son or daughter—he’s a dog.

Specifically, he’s their 11-year-old black Lab. Steven and his wife brought Louie home when he was just a puppy. He’s 11 now, and as he’s aged, Louie’s healthcare costs have started to add up.

Steven and his family would do anything for Louie. However, Louie doesn’t have pet insurance and he’s not eligible now because his conditions are pre-existing.  Recently, Louie needed a few surgeries, leaving Steven and his wife with over $13,000 in vet bills.

Today, Louie is doing all right, but he needs to take ursodiol daily for fibrosis of the liver.

Steven was buying Louie’s meds online at a fairly reasonable $60 for a three month supply. Louie’s last refill, however jumped from $60 to $600 for the same prescription—ten times the cost!

Louie needs the medication to keep his liver working, and Steven was worried. $600 every three months simply wasn’t affordable, but they had to find a way to keep Louie alive.

Steven worked with his vet and tried everything to bring the cost down. They looked at ordering from Canada, but it was more expensive. The vet even suggested giving Louie one dose every other day or every three days to offset the cost. Louie could come back in three months to see whether less medication would work.

Steven wasn’t ready to give up on getting Louie the medicine he needed. He kept searching online for ways to save on prescriptions, and finally found a GoodRx coupon. He called his local Walgreens to make sure they would accept the discount, and was relieved to find out that they knew GoodRx and would take it.

Steven filled a three month supply of ursodiol for Louie for $104 using a GoodRx coupon, compared to a cash price of $603.

Today, Louie has his daily medication, and Steven and his wife will not only save nearly $2,000 per year, but more importantly, they’ll get to have Louie around for a while longer.

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