The prices for prescription medications in the US are not fixed or regulated and can often vary by more than $100 for the same prescription between pharmacies. Another problem with drug prices is that they're steadily increasing, devouring too much of consumers' budgets.
Millions of patients are struggling to pay for their medications because of this and are often forced to ration their health.
There are many mobile apps that can help patients and caregivers find the best prices and discounts on prescription drugs, compare pharmacies, offer saving coupons, and more. Here, we list some of them.
LowestMed is one of the most popular apps for saving on medications. It allows patients to easily search and compare drug prices at nearby pharmacies. It also provides free saving coupons that users can present to their pharmacists and save money on medication purchases instantly. LowestMed app provides Rx coupons for all FDA approved drugs at pharmacies nationwide including CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, Costco and more.
The app is available for free on Android and iPhone.
Another similar (and well known) app that helps patients compare drug prices at competing pharmacies and offer discounts, coupons and others saving tips is GoodRx.
GoodRx app enables users to search for the prescription, by entering the drug name along with their zip code or state. The app displays a list of prices for the brand name and generic versions of the drug, along with the address of the pharmacy.
According to GoodRx developers, the app provides more than 1 million prices for more than 6,000 brand name and generic drugs.
Moreover, GoodRx app is available for medical providers in a form of separate GoodRx for Doctors app that we reviewed on SteadyHealth. It also compares various local retail pharmacies' prices for the most frequently prescribed drugs, but it is adapted to suit providers' needs.
Both GoodRx apps are available for free on both iOS and Android devices.
ScriptSave WellRx app is designed to help insured, uninsured and underinsured individuals search for savings on prescription medicines and compare prices at local pharmacies.
The app also offers ScriptSave WellRx savings card that patients can carry around on their phone and show it to their pharmacist in order to get a discount.
Apparently, ScriptSave WellRx app offers an average saving of 45% with potential savings of up to 80% in more than 62,000 pharmacies nationwide including Target, CVS, RiteAid, Walmart, Walgreens, and much more.
OneRx is an HIPAA-secure app that helps users with or without insurance save on their prescription medications. Users with insurance can add their insurance information to OneRx app to see insurance restrictions, find coupons, compare their copay to discounted prices, and find the cheapest pharmacy for their medications.
OneRx app is free to use on iPhone and Android.
Blink Health App
Blink Health app allows patients to purchase their medications through the app via credit card. The patients need to register an account and provide personal information such as name, phone number, birth date, as well as credit card data.
The app generates a card/voucher that patients can print or load on their phone and take it to the pharmacy where the medication is filled at no additional cost. The card is accepted at over 57,000 pharmacies nationwide.
Blink Health app can be downloaded for free on Android and iOS.
WebMDRx is the free app that helps patients and their families save money on their prescription medications. The app allows users to easily search the medication prices and use WebMDRx Savings card across over 60,000+ pharmacies nationwide. Even the patients who already have insurance may see potential savings with using this app.
The savings card doesn't require any personal information to be generated. There is no limitation to how often patients can use their savings card or the number of pharmacies they can use it in. Also, the card can be shared with family and friends.
WebMDRx is available on Android and iOS and can be used on multiple devices, not only smartphones.
LowRx app generates a discount pharmacy prescription pass that patients can show to their pharmacist and save up to 75% off their next prescription.
The app doesn't require a sign up to generate the pass. Also, the pass can be used as many times as patient want and it's free of cost, membership, or contract.
LowRx app also does not collect, store or sell patients' information, which is what many privacy-concerned users might appreciate.
The app is currently not available on Android, only on iOS.
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The WeRx app allows both patients and providers to quickly and easily compare the prices of prescription medications charged at local pharmacies and immediately receive instant savings for the prescriptions right on their mobile device.
However, when compared to other apps mentioned above, WeRx app doesn't provide the lowest prices, and also doesn't list all prescription drugs (at least not generic).
The app is free to download and use on Android and iPhone.
Pharmacies, especially those big-named such as CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid, also offer their own apps to make it easy for patients to fill and refill prescriptions, get discounts, manage their loyalty cards, and more.
These apps can also provide advanced options for patients, enabling them to view prescription history, identify pills based on imprint, shapes and color information, check for drug interactions, or set pill reminders so they never miss a medication.