Use GoodRx – Its’ FREE

We see dermatology patients every day, and often we want to help by writing for a prescription medicine. However, over the last 20 years, the prices on Rx’s have sky-rocketed. With the current situation, an antifungal cream or a rosacea cream might cost $600 without insurance. Psoriasis biologics are $100,000 per year and some skin cancer creams are priced at $1,000.

We deal with constant interference from the insurance companies via their “prior-authorizations” aka PA’s. This is a form where we have to make a medical justification of why we want to prescribe that medicine for that particular patient.  It is like putting together a small legal argument, to justify the decision that was made between the patient and the provider. The number of my staff has grown to help deal with the problem of getting through some of the hassle.

We love GoodRx. We know about this app and use it many times a day, and we want all of our patients to know about it and use it as well.

Here is a quick video to explain how it works:

Why do I want my patients to know about GoodRx?

Because it is a win-win situation for the patient and the provider.

Why do I need GoodRx?

Prescription drug prices are not regulated.  They are in other countries.  The cost of a prescription may differ by more than $100 between pharmacies across the street from each other!  This is why many people are going to Canada to get their medicines.  We need regulation laws.

Insurance isn’t helping like it used to. In the past 10 years, insurance companies started passing 25-100% more of the cost of drugs onto patients.   We even see insurance companies trying to make a profit off of their patients’ prescriptions, not pitching in at all to help, but instead charging sometimes twice as much as it should, directly to the patient with the balance going into their own pockets.  These Pharmacy Benefit Management corporations (PBM’s) are part of the reason our Rx’s have sky-rocketed.  The top PBM’s are Express Scripts, CVS, and Optum.

How can GoodRx help me?

GoodRx gathers current prices and discounts to help you find the lowest cost pharmacy for your prescriptions. GoodRx is 100% free. No personal information required.

How do I find discounts for my drug?

It’s easy. Just go to the home page, type in your drug’s name in the search field, and click the “Find the Lowest Price” button.

We’ll even help you spell the name of your prescription.

What are GoodRx coupons?

We will give you a coupon card when you are in the office, so you don’t even have to print one out. GoodRx coupons will help you pay less than the cash price for your prescription. They’re free to use and are accepted at virtually every U.S. pharmacy.Your pharmacist will know how to enter the codes on the coupon to pull up the lowest discount available.

How do I use a GoodRx coupon?

It’s similar to using a coupon at a grocery store. Bring it with you to the pharmacy when you pick up your prescription. The pharmacist will enter the numbers on the coupon into their system to find the discount.

If you lost our card, or you don’t have a printer or want to save paper and ink cartridges…you can show the coupon on your phone by:

A) Sending the coupon to yourself via email or text

B) Or using their mobile app

C) Or visiting their mobile website

What if I have insurance or Medicare?

Many insurance plans have high deductibles or limited formularies that don’t cover the drugs you need.

GoodRx may be able to find you a lower price than your insurance co-pay. Hundreds of generic medications are available for $4 or even free without insurance.

How does GoodRx make money?

GoodRx is free for consumers, and they do not require that you create an account to search for prices and receive discounts.

They do not collect your personal information. They make money from advertisements on their site.

True Story

Recently, I prescribed a steroid cream that should have costed $3 on GoodRx pricing.  I received a Prior Authorization (there goes 15 more minutes of my assistants’ life) and they were saying either do the PA request to get the $3 drug, or instead they suggested I prescribe a med costing $60, and it was a medically inappropriate.  At this point, we just have to beg the patient, PLEASE, use GoodRx and go pick up the appropriate steroid cream.   Please don’t make us do 15 minutes or more of tedious paperwork to get this medication for you.

~ Marla Klein M.D.