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Gift Cards for Prescriptions

June 29th, 2008 at 05:30 pm

My mom takes over 30 pills a day. A few are vitamins, but most are prescriptions. She has 15 prescriptions! Luckily she only has to pay a copay of $8 for each one. And most are issued for 90 days at a time. I tease her from time to time that I've read articles about people like her and she laughs and says thats what her Doctors says to.

So, we are playing the prescription gift card game. Its not really a game I just think of it that way, positive outlook. We are taking new prescriptions to pharmacies that offer GC for new prescriptions and transferring others to pharmacies offering GC for tranferring. So far its just one GC for $25 but this week the amount will jump to another $110. We have enough pharmacies and she has enough prescriptions to really help her out. We will set up a system tomorrow to help keep tract of where everything is and when we do it so we don't break any rules, example Riteaid's coupon said you can't have done it in the last 6 months.

We then take the GC, combine it with sales and rebates and coupons to see how much stuff she can get for free (after GC, coupons, rebates and sales). She's having a fun time and it keeps her mind active and focused on something other than the pain. Some of it she keeps and some of it she gives to soldiers in Afghanistan. So she gets to feel good saving money for herself and giving to others, a good deal.

5 Responses to “Gift Cards for Prescriptions”

  1. dmontngrey Says:

    That's a great idea! We tried to redeem a Rite Aid coupon yesterday, but Rite Aid wouldn't accept it since it was a "new" prescription. Cute since DH takes a prescription monthly, but it can't have refills since it's a controlled substance. No use for the coupon now and no use for Rite Aid for us. Too bad, an extra $30 would have been nice.

  2. disneysteve Says:

    Here in NJ, you must be 60 or older to use those coupons. I find that annoying and wonder why it doesn't qualify as age discrimination.

  3. disneysteve Says:

    By the way, you said she takes over 30 pills and only 15 are prescriptions. Make sure all of her doctors are aware of the other 15 or more pills she is taking. Just because they are over the counter, she can't assume they are safe or appropriate for her to be using. The could have interactions with each other or with her prescription meds.

  4. sillyoleme Says:

    Well... she said there were 30 pills, maybe each prescription is 2 pills/day? Maybe it isn't 30 different medications.

  5. klbb90 Says:

    15 different prescriptions, some refills, some pain pills with no refills. Some pills she takes twice a day. She is a fanatic about having every Doctor she sees look at her prescription list. Some GCs are for transfers like RiteAid and we read the fine print to be sure she qualifies and others are for new prescriptions like the one she got from CVS last week. For RiteAid I will be transferring a prescription for my dad and she will do one for herself.

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