Calling around to a number of chemists before you buy a prescription can save you heaps. Recently, making three phone calls saved me $5 on antibiotics for my sinus infection. There was no negotiating or anything, it was just calling the three chemists I knew would be open at 4pm on a Saturday & asking what their price was on my antibiotics.
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Multiply $5 by how many scripts you fill in a year & that could add up to a decent sum of money saved.
It’s also good to call first simply to check they have the drug in stock!
Big note here though: I’ve noticed two big situations where this doesn’t work:
- when it’s late at night and there’s only one chemist open. When you gotta get something, you gotta!
- with certain classes/types of drugs. I am sometimes given prescriptions for pseudoephadine because even though it’s technically an OTC drug, chemists won’t dispense it without a script because of street drug issues. Calling chemists & asking if they have it in stock & what price WILL get you treated like either a drug addict or like you want to knock over the place later. Annoying & sad, but true and I’ve had it happen to me.
How do you save money on chemists?