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5 Ways to Save on Your Prescriptions

According to a Mayo Clinic study, more than half of Americans take two prescription drugs, and many older adults regularly take five or more. If you're a BlueCHiP for Medicare member, these tips can help you pay less for your medications.

1. Choose generics. 
When compared to brand name drugs, generic drugs:

  • Can cost up to 85% less.
  • Contain the same active ingredients.
  • Are just as safe.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist if a generic drug (or lower cost brand name drug) could treat your condition just as well.

2. Visit a preferred retail pharmacy.
To get lower prices and the best value on certain drugs, we’ve partnered with the pharmacy retailers and local independent pharmacies that our members use most. At a preferred retail pharmacy, your out-of-pocket costs may be lower than at a “standard” pharmacy. Our preferred retail chain pharmacies are:

  • Stop & Shop Pharmacy®
  • CVS Pharmacy® (including inside Target® stores)
  • Walmart Pharmacy®

Here are our preferred local pharmacies by town:

  • Cranston: Phred’s Drug, Inc.
  • Coventry: Phusion Rx
  • Cumberland: Chapel Pharmacy Inc.
  • Jamestown: Baker’s Pharmacy
  • Johnston: Atwood Prescription Center, Inc.
  • North Providence: White Cross Pharmacy
  • Pawtucket: Blackstone Valley Community Pharmacy, Howell Smith Druggist, and Simpson’s Pharmacy Inc.
  • Providence: JB Pharmacy
  • Wakefield: Wakefield Prescription Center and Green Line Apothecary
  • Warwick: Bayview Pharmacy Inc. and Suburban Pharmacy
  • Westerly: McQuade Marketplace Pharmacy and Seaside Pharmacy of Westerly

The lists above are current as of March 1, 2018. 

3. Go over the counter. 
Many common health problems, like allergies or a cough, can be treated with an over-the-counter drug, which usually costs less than a prescription. Ask your doctor about your options.

4. Make a healthy change. 
Certain health problems might be controlled without medication by eating a healthy diet, exercising, and managing stress. Talk to your doctor about trying to lower your need for medication. (Just be sure not to stop taking any prescriptions without asking your doctor.)

5. Use mail order for $0 generics. 
If you regularly take a prescription drug for a condition like diabetes or high blood pressure, mail order could save you money and time. By switching to our AllianceRx Walgreens Prime prescription mail order service (formerly known as PrimeMail by Walgreens), you can get a $0 copay on a 90-day supply of medications in the generic drug tier(s) delivered right to your door. 

Want to sign up? Choose the way that works best for you:

  • Ask your doctor to send your prescription to AllianceRx Walgreens Prime electronically (Tempe, AZ), or fax it to 1-800-332-9581.
  • Log in to your BCBSRI account and click on “Go to My Pharmacy Benefits Manager.”
  • Call 1-855-457-1205.