Prescription drug pricing and reducing costs continues to be one of the highest health care priorities. Health care in the United States is financed by a variety of payers, including federal and state government insurance programs, private employers, unions, and households. Individual payers, such as insurers and health plans, negotiate prices for the prescription drugs they cover.
These negotiations are generally promoted through intermediaries such as pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). Individuals without prescription drug plans self-pay and are unable to take advantage of the lower prices that can be negotiated by large insurers or PBMs.
The uninsured often depend on financial assistance programs from pharmaceutical companies or others. Affordability refers to how easy or feasible an individual finds it to pay for a drug. It is a function of drug prices, insurance coverage, a family’s financial circumstances, and, sometimes, the purpose of the drug.
Prescription discount cards, most of which are available at no cost, offer savings to patients who may lack insurance or adequate coverage for their brand or generic medication costs. Numerous programs that provide such cost savings are available, and these cards can be used at many pharmacies across the U.S. The actual savings can vary from pharmacy to pharmacy and card to card.
AMI’s new report, Patient Affordability: Prescription Savings Cards and Programs, provides background on the issue of affordability and profiles on 35 of the leading companies offering prescription savings cards and programs.
Each company profile includes: address, phone, url, company background, key executives, Financial/Investor information, Products and Services, and Recent Activities.
Table of Contents
- Background – pgs. 5-9
- Manufacturer Copay Cards – pg. 10
- Prescription Discount Coupons – pgs. 11-12
Prescription Savings Card Company Profiles
- AllyHealth/Discount Drug Network – pgs. 14-15
- Amazon Pharmacy – pgs. 16-20
- Blink Health – pgs. 21-22
- BuzzRz – pgs. 23-24
- Capital Rx – pgs. 25-27
- CerpassRx – pgs. 28-29
- Costco Health Solutions – pgs. 30-31
- CVS Health – pgs. 32-35
- Easy Drug Card/Klix, LLC – pg. 36
- Elixir/Rite Aid – pgs. 37-39
- Express Scripts Evernorth – pgs. 40-44
- FreeRxPlus – pg. 45
- GoodRx Holdings, Inc. – pgs. 46-50
- HealthDyne, LLC – pgs. 51-52
- HealthSmartRx Solutions – pgs. 53-54
- H-E-B RxTRA Advantage – pgs. 55-56
- Humana Pharmacy Solutions – pgs. 57-59
- Kroger Prescription Plans – pgs. 60-63
- MaxCareRx – pgs. 64-65
- MC-Rx – pgs. 66-69
- MedImpact Healthcare Systems – pgs. 70-73
- MedOne – pgs. 74-75
- National Benefit Builders, Inc. – pgs. 76-78
- NeedyMeds, Inc. – pgs. 79-80
- OptumRx/UnitedHealth Group – pgs. 81-83
- ParamountRx – pgs. 84-86
- Phoenix Benefit Management, LLC – pgs. 87-89
- ProAct PBM – pgs. 90-91
- Publix Super Markets – pg. 92
- RxPreferred Benefits – pgs. 93-94
- Rx Savings Solutions – pgs. 95-97
- RxSense – pgs. 98-100
- Sav-Rx Prescription Services – pgs. 101-102
- SS&C Technologies Holdings – pgs. 103-105
- TroyRx – pgs. 106-107
- USA Rx – pg. 108
- US-Rx Care – pgs. 109-110
- ValpakRx – pgs. 111-112
- VerusRx Pharmacy Benefit Management – pgs. 113-114
- Vivid Clear Rx/Hy-Vee – pgs. 115-116
- Walgreens Boots Alliance – pgs. 117-119
- Walmart Inc. – pgs. 120-121
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