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I try to stay informed about local issues and politics - I scan the Seattle PI website every morning, and look at other sites - but until a few weeks ago, I didn't know about this program. Even when I found out, I didn't want to post anything until I was really sure about it.

If you are a WA or OR resident, you can sign up for a prescription drug discount program that can save you a huge amount on prescription drugs - I saved 78% on one prescription today.

There has to be a catch, right? Go over the fold and look for one - let me know if you find it.

Here's the info (copied from the WA State site - OR should be the same). The websites, where you can sign up, compare drug prices and see if your pharmacy participates are here:

Washington State
Oregon

What is it?

WPDP is a new prescription drug discount program created by the legislature at the request of Governor Gregoire

It is similar to a grocery store club card where discounts are taken off at the point of sale

Who is eligible to join WPDP?

Washington State residents
No age or income restrictions
Each person must enroll individually

Who can benefit from the WPDP discount card?

Washington State residents
People who have a high-deductible health plan such as a Health Savings Account (HSA) may be able to use the WPDP discount card when paying down the deductible (check with your HSA plan for details)
People who have no insurance coverage
People who have medical coverage but no prescription drug benefit
People who have prescription drug coverage through their employer, but it does not cover the drug they need

How much does it cost?

The WPDP is FREE
No annual fee and no hidden costs
How do I enroll in the program?
There are 3 ways to enroll in the program:
Online at www.rx.wa.gov
Call toll-free number of 1-800-913-4146
Mail in a postage-paid, self-addressed enrollment form
FREE Bulk WPDP enrollment forms can be ordered by agencies at www.rx.wa.gov
WPDP enrollment forms come in eight different languages including: Chinese, English, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese

Is it easy to enroll?

Yes! There are just six questions to answer:

Name
Date of birth
Address
Phone number
Gender
How did you hear about the program?

How long will it take to get the discount card once enrolled?

You will receive the I.D. card within two weeks after WPDP receives your enrollment form

If you need to use the discount card urgently and you have not received it yet, you can call customer service at 1-800-913-4311 for your I.D. number and billing information for the pharmacy

What are the savings?

Members of the WPDP can receive discounts up to 60% on generic drugs and up to 20% on brand name drugs
Members can look up discount cost:
Go to www.rx.wa.gov
Select WPDP discount card
Select Check Drug Prices
Enter the drug name for costs on generics, brand and mail order prescriptions

What drugs are covered under the WPDP?

All prescription drugs are eligible for a discount
There is no formulary restrictions or preferred drug list

What pharmacies accept the WPDP Discount Card?

There are over 500 + retail pharmacies in Washington that accept the WPDP Discount Card
To find a participating pharmacy in your area:
Go to www.rx.wa.gov
Select WPDP Discount Card
Select Find a Network Pharmacy
You can search by address, city, zip code or pharmacy name
If you do not live near a participating pharmacy, you can use the mail order service through PPS with FREE shipping for WPDP members
Contact PPS at 1-800-552-6694
Biologics and injectable drugs are available through Diplomat at 1-877-534-7566

[Note: Both Safeway and WalMart accept this, as well as independent pharmacies; if you locate your pharmacy first, the pricing tool will also show that pharmacy's price, however in my case the price shown online was 10% more than what I paid]

If you want some examples, most of last year I paid $51.19 for a 30 day supply of generic doxycycline, except last month, for some reason it was $33. Today at the same pharmacy (Safeway), same manufacturer, it was $11.15 - that alone will save me nearly $500 over last year.

I also take lisinopril - a 3 month supply was $39.99 the last time. The plan price is $12.25. That's another $100 a year savings.

Both of those are generics, but any drug at all is covered, although the discounts are likely much larger for generics.

My apologies if everybody knew about this except me.

If you're a WA or OR doctor or other practitioner, please make sure your patients know about this - many people cut dosages or even skip filling or refilling prescriptions because they can't afford meds.

AFAIK, this doesn't apply to marijuana. Yet.

Originally posted to badger on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 03:11 PM PST.

Also republished by PacNW Kossacks and Koscadia.

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    •  LOL! Guess what song shuffled up on my iPod (1+ / 0-)
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      badger

      Just as I saw your post? I actually checked to see that I didn't start the video!

      "I have spent many years of my life in opposition and I rather like the role." - Eleanor Roosevelt. I would like to add that I am a happy atheist!

      by Rogneid on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 06:36:30 AM PST

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  •  I Have A Client That Offers A RX Card (6+ / 0-)

    nation-wide. Free. I've handed a lot of them out and often people just show the card at any of like 77,000 locations and they get upwards of 33% off drugs. Sometimes a lot more.

    I have great health and literally never need any medication, but I know that the average household (cause of said client) has 2.3 prescriptions a month.

    I mean I knew this was a racket, but it stuns me how the pricing works.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 03:28:23 PM PST

  •  Washington link not working.... (5+ / 0-)

    Can you re-post?

    And thanks for the great info, my daughter and her husband are currently uninsured...this should help!

    "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle

    by Phluffie on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 03:35:45 PM PST

  •  Thanks for the info (3+ / 0-)
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    I need insurance, but this will help in the meantime.

    NEVER STOP READING BOOKS- Nothing else stirs the imagination or opens a mind to all possibilities.

    by Carla in Sequim on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 04:14:15 PM PST

  •  I picked up a discount pharma (2+ / 0-)
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    badger, happymisanthropy

    card at the clinic I go to. It works even if you have insurance.
    I'm in Va. folks should check around and see if their state offers. Maybe call local clinic to see.
    This card turned an 80 dollar antibiotic rx into 18 bucks.

    Only thing more infuriating than an ignorant man is one who tries to make others ignorant for his own gain. Crashing Vor

    by emmasnacker on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 05:43:04 PM PST

  •  I'm on the WA program for over a year now (3+ / 0-)
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    It saves a lot of money on some drugs and nothing on others. Even the generic Percocet isn't covered, but on most generic drugs you can save quite a bit.

    And it saves more than those prescription cards you get in the mail that says they save up to 75%.

    But even with it I still can't afford the asthma inhaler that costs $110 with the discount. So I don't buy it.

    Health care in America. Best system in the world, right?

    O great creator of being grant us one more hour to perform our art and perfect our lives. ::: Jim Morrison :::

    by Kevanlove on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 05:46:50 PM PST

    •  It's hard to find out too much more (1+ / 0-)
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      but it appears that it uses a private provider to negotiate prices comparable to what insurance companies get with their drug plans.

      I imagine with some drug companies, or on some drugs, there isn't any negotiation.

      I'm lucky that I'm taking common, widely prescribed generics. I'll also save enough to almost pay for my annual ultrasound, office visit and blood work, and since I'm on Social Security now, with no insurance and 2 years from Medicare eligibility, I'm pretty happy with it.

      It isn't going to fix the health care system, though.

      Modern revolutions have succeeded because of solidarity, not force.

      by badger on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 06:18:14 PM PST

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      •  My Doc prescribed the cheapest inhaler (2+ / 0-)
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        Orj ozeppi, badger

        None of them are available in a generic.

        O great creator of being grant us one more hour to perform our art and perfect our lives. ::: Jim Morrison :::

        by Kevanlove on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 09:29:48 PM PST

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        •  I just paid $254 for (1+ / 0-)
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          badger

          a Combivent inhaler (prescribed) (I didn't have a clue)

          I did my research the next day & found 75% discounts (dohh)
          The pharmacy wouldn't honor any 'refunds' the next day (too bad, so sad).  

          Glad to see this diary. My question would be, why aren't these programs made evident ..... by the govts?  the doctor?  the pharmacy??
          No.     --pay--pay--pay

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          by Orj ozeppi on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 09:40:18 PM PST

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  •  Thanks for this info! (1+ / 0-)
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    badger

    Mr sja and I are looking at health coverage options and this really helps.  Thanks!

  •  Just Signed Up (1+ / 0-)
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    I discovered that you can sign up even if you are insured.  There is no income limit and no questions are asked about your insurance status.  So I sent for my card even though I'm covered under part D.  

    They say you will benefit the most for drugs that your insurance doesn't cover at all.  I do have one drug that isn't  covered and it looks like there may be circumstances under which you could get medications cheaper even though they are covered.  I'll have to investigate that further.  However the point is that anyone can sign up and there is no reason not to have the card.

    Thanks for the tip.  

    A bad idea isn't responsible for those who believe it. ---Stephen Cannell

    by YellerDog on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 07:27:51 PM PST

  •  Another discovery Rx (0+ / 0-)

    I'm becoming more and more angry each day as my phone rings with reminders that a prescription is waiting for me at KMart. I have asked them several time not to refill automatically and then call. But I now see in the news that pharmacists are being pushed by their corporate management to renew these prescriptions minus a request from the customer - and the regulatory powers that be are smacking their greedy hands. I use several expensive drugs and when I have a few to pickup at the same time it hurts. I am retired and I am acutely aware of the struggle many have paying for meds. So my Mirapex which was over $346/90 days minus 80% that my spouse's retiree health plan reimburses is now only around $25 with a card and a coupon. What I wonder about is according to the list some people normally pay $346-some $200 and others $12-15.     I don't know how long these coupons will last but I will try it for now.

    This is an angel start-up called GoodRx. Try pricing your meds. I hope it can help you too.    http://www.goodrx.com/...

  •  Here Is Another Site That Consolidates Several (1+ / 0-)
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    drugs that can be gotten for free or a discount through some of the pharmaceutical companies.  When my mom was a on an expensive non-generic prescription, she was able to get the drug for free.  Had to fill out forms and coordinate with your doctor.

    http://www.needymeds.org/...

    "I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman.” - Arnold Schwarzenegger 2003

    by kerplunk on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 08:46:46 PM PST

  •  Over 7 years ago I stumbled (0+ / 0-)

    on something about Oregon and Costco and prescription drug costs.  I was worrying about our costs since my husband was already on several back then and we lived on the west side of Michigan, about to head back to the Detroit area.  He retired from GM in 92 and we could feel the pincers closing in even back then.  I checked drug prices on the Costco site and was shocked how low they were, but did find out that because we were not in Oregon we could not get those prices.  My husband has had Ulcerative Colitis as well as being a heart patient and we left there right after his abdominal aneurysm surgery recovery.  I never got to the bottom of why the prices were so much lower, but knew it was true.  Our son lives in Oregon by the way, in Astoria, but that is beside the point of what I want to ask here.  What about the cost for inhalers, like Advair, Combivent, Spiriva, these are 3 he takes and unbelievably here in Michigan if we had to pay full cost at Costco they would cost around $300 each.  We get them from Canada, but I really would like to know what these things cost in Oregon or Washington?

    •  Here's what I found (0+ / 0-)

      Advair - $207/30 day, $543/90 day supply
      Combivent - $243/30 day, $641/90 day
      Spiriva - (capsules - didn't list inhalers) - $274/30 day, $723/ 90 day

      Capsules appear to be the same price as inhalers.

      Those are a mix of retail or mail order prices. For regular mail, there's no delivery charge. I expect Costco participates, but didn't check that. I know that Safeway and WalMart pharmacies do. Mail order is from a pharmacy affiliated with the company that administers the cards, I believe.

      Those may also be different dosages - I didn't check all of the possibilities.

      And am I now glad I don't have asthma. You're spending in a month what we spend in a year - we'd have to sell our house to keep up.

      Let me add - I'm glad his abdominal aortic aneurysm was found and repaired. A lot of times they aren't - I've lost an uncle to a rupture, my dad died in surgery (his was huge), my sister had surgery a few years ago, and the meds above are to (hopefully) keep mine from growing too fast. No change at last year's ultrasound, and hopefully the same for this year's in March.

      Modern revolutions have succeeded because of solidarity, not force.

      by badger on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 10:59:19 PM PST

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      •  I posted last night just before we shut our (0+ / 0-)

        machines down and just now had a chance to check back. I have to read the whole diary and responses more thoroughly.  The number I used was off the top of my head, but it seems like what I was seeing was $300 for each.  We do save quite a bit from Canada, but I am sure you are getting it better there.  About the AAA, they called my husband their triple miracle patient.  One that it was found, two that he went through the surgery well, and the third was his fast recovery.  It is always with thankfulness when we look back on it now.  He was having problems he thought was related to his heart, he went into emergency, had been in before the time that let to the discovery.  Because he is a heart patient they check that first, got the flying colors okay, but  had pneumonia and was treated for that at the time.  He then went back to his gastroenterologist who we finally found could finally control the bouts of diarrhea and urgency he was having, he was going to adjust his medication and send him home, I was thoroughly dismayed because he had already seen the cardiologist, primary care and now the gastro, and nothing new was found other than the pneumonia they treated him for.  I and possibly my husband said something the the gastro about stomach pains or something and he stopped thought and said lets do a CT scan, and the rest is history.  So it really was his gastro that ordered the test to find the AAA.  That was in August of 2005, and we were back in the Detroit area the following March.  Sold a home in a rural area of Michigan just before the market collapse, and we survived it all.  Don't think we take anything for granted.  To think they want to push retirement and Medicare to 70.  I am going to be 69 but think of myself as in the 70's since my husband is 73 and this will be his 74th year, last of his generation to be alive in his family.

        •  Lucky guy (0+ / 0-)

          That's a typical scenario for a diagnosis, unless (and sometimes even if) there's a family history. He's actually lucky he had stomach pains - quite often there's not much in the way of symptoms at all.

          Modern revolutions have succeeded because of solidarity, not force.

          by badger on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 04:54:39 PM PST

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          •  I am aware of the lack of symptoms (0+ / 0-)

            so we know we can't say for sure if it was related.  I remember seeing recently that one time screenings should become routine for AAA's, but I can't remember where I saw that.  I do know that Medicare covers it for free for these qualifications:

            Men who have smoked at least 100 cigarettes during their life, and men and women with a family history of AAA qualify for the Medicare screening.

            =

            Badger, were you a smoker yourself?  My husband was at around 3 packs a day before he quit just before 1994.  I had a cousin whose husband died of one, just sat at the table one day and keeled over.  This was after his wife died of breast cancer.  I have heard of others dieing just as quickly.  My husband has to have an Ultra sound one year and another CT scan the next since he had the operation, he has too much gas for them to get a clear image with out the alternate CT scan. In some ways it is easier that he had the operation, it must be a worry to have to monitor it until it gets big enough to have the operation.  He has no medication for the AAA, but when we got back here he had a incisional hernia that had to be operated on, this was due to the move probably.  Then after that he was throwing up bile, at least a couple of pints or more when I talked to the doctor over the phone and she told me to bring him to emergency.

            •  Yeah, smoking is a big risk factor (0+ / 0-)

              I quit not quite 2 years ago. I have read some 'expert' medical opinion that smoking only accounts for about 15% of AAA growth. Also, there is a gene that appears to be responsible in at least some cases.

              I have no unusual arterial plaque based on ultrasound and other tests, my cholesterol has always been low. I do have moderately high BP, controlled with meds. I also take 100mg doxycycline twice daily, low-dose aspirin, and big doses (1000% RDA or more) of B6, folate (B9) and B12. All of those show some indication of retarding growth in small studies, and no one ever gets around to doing large or conclusive studies. I was at 3.3cm in 2008, 3.8 in 2010 and 2011. In 2009/2010 I wasn't taking any meds and still smoking.

              My dad's brother died in his car in a parking lot while my aunt was grocery shopping. My grandfather and another uncle just dropped dead - possibly AAA, but no autopsies.

              My dad's doctor (I found out later that my wife's uncles went to med school with him and were amazed he was still practicing) diagnosed his AAA as angina - when my sister finally got him in to see a cardiologist, the doc just looked at my dad after my dad took his shirt off and scheduled surgery for that afternoon. My dad died in surgery.

              My sister had her surgery a few years ago - it isn't common in women, but obviously it happens.

              Your husband's story reminded me of a guy whose story was on a site where people related their AAA and similar histories. This guy went to an ER three times complaining of abdominal pain. The first two times the ER doc sent him home with Mylanta. The third time, the ER doc had the cops remove him from the ER. The guy died.

              Did your husband have a stent - pushed up through incisions in the legs/femoral arteries - or open surgery? From what I've read, the repeat CTs are usually only necessary with the stent, unless there's some other reason. I take Gas-X for a few days before the ultrasound and that seems to help get a better image - some hospitals recommend it, and some don't.

              Modern revolutions have succeeded because of solidarity, not force.

              by badger on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 08:58:04 PM PST

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