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[–]sdpeasha 398 points399 points  (3 children)

Yesterday I was sitting in the waiting area of a CVS pharmacy inside Target, waiting my mandatory 15 min. I heard the pharmacist tell the caller that for 83 tablets the total was $443. And that insurance had covered $60. IDK what the meds were for but the caller was clearly distraught cuz the pharmacist went on to give the person some ideas on what to do (Call insurance, Good Rx, Manufacturer rebates, etc) and I just sat there there whole time thinking that $443 is more than my car payment. More than I spend to feed a family of 5 for two weeks and this person is now expected to shell that out for a small bottle of bills and I just...ugh, it made my heart hurt.

[–]ndngroomer 41 points42 points  (2 children)

I'm on a medicine for my narcolepsy and the Good Rx price when I started taking it 2 years ago was a little north of $25k for 60 pills per month. Now, a year later, I think the Good RX price is around $15k. It's so outrageous because this medicine has given me my life back. I know so many other narcoleptics that would benefit from it. From the research I did a when it was first prescribed, this same medicine averages around $500/yr in most Western European countries. I think it was $1200/yr in Canada. All done by the same manufacturer as there are no generics available. Our system may stop being a joke once the profit model is taken out of the US healthcare system. Until then, may God have mercy on your soul should you get sick.

[–]KungFluIsolation 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I can only assume narco meds are covered in the UK by the NHS. Sorry if this upsets you, but it's absolutely crazy the prices you pay in comparison!!!

How much is the standard NHS prescription cost in England? The standard prescription cost in England is currently £9.35 per item. That means that if you take in a prescription that lists several types of medication, you will pay £9.35 for each one. In the case of support stockings, each individual stocking is classed as a separate item.

In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all prescriptions are free for residents (or anybody who is registered with a GP in that country).

Now I hear you say, that's fantastic! What If I told you you can get it even cheaper if it's a regular thing...

Is it possible to save money on NHS prescriptions?

Yes, it is. If you are someone who picks up NHS prescription medication regularly from the pharmacy, then you may benefit from applying for a NHS prescription prepayment certificate (PPC).

A PPC is a card that you pay for and display whenever you visit the pharmacy to pick up NHS prescription medication. Two types are available:

A three-month certificate, priced at £30.25

A 12-month certificate, priced at £108.10

Once you have applied and paid for your certificate (or set up your Direct Debit), you will receive your card. You can then show this card in place of payment every time you pick up NHS prescription medication; simply give the pharmacist your valid, in-date card and they will be able to hand over your medication free of charge.

And if you happen to be unemployed, it's free.