We all want to save money. Especially when it comes to unnecessary healthcare costs. So why do doctors prescribe medications that cost hundreds of dollars versus a few dollars if they do the exact same thing?
We’re talking about combination medications, or medicines that combine 2 or more drugs into one tablet or capsule. Sure, we can all agree that it’s more convenient... but would you pay 300% more for that medicine just to take 1 pill instead of 2? I think not.
At Honeybee, we’re all about compliance and great outcomes but we also want to SAVE YOU MONEY!
Let’s look at our first example:
Option A) Generic Caduet 10/40 mg #30 tablets
(Amlodipine 10 mg + Atorvastatin 40 mg) = $120!
Option B) Amlodipine 10 mg #30:Free at Honeybee &
Atorvastatin 40 mg #30: $4.29 at Honeybee
That’s $4.29 for a 30 day supply if these were purchased separately...BUT, if you purchase generic Caduet which combines these two identical medications and strengths, you will pay an average retail price of about $120!
This is just one example of the long list of combination medications where the price skyrockets when sold as a single combination pill.
Here are Honeybee’s TOP 13 picks of combination pills you should SEPARATE AND SAVE:
Avg. Retail Combination Separated at Honeybee
Candesartan/HCTZ (Atacand HCT) $126 $59.39
Amlodipine/Atorvastatin (Caduet) $163.50 $4.29
Pioglitazone/Metformin (Actoplus Met) $62.40 $9.36
Aspirin/Omeprazole (Yosprala) $175 $3.99
Benazepril/HCTZ (Lotensin HCT) $49.75 $2.38
Ezetimibe/Simvastatin (Vytorin) $139.99 $10.79
Ibuprofen/Famotidine (Duexis)* $2,743.37 $4.29
Olmesartan/Amlodipine/HCTZ $257.79 $10.49
Amlodipine/Benazepril $74.88 $2.99
Amoxicillin/Clarithromycin/Lansoprazole (PrevPak) $365.96 $42.72
Losartan/HCTZ (Hyzaar) $74.03 $3.91
Dorzolamide/Timolol $90.12 $19.84
Spironolactone/HCTZ $40.49 $4.49
*All prices listed for 30 day supplies
Just because a combination medications is prescribed, it doesn’t mean you have to overpay and make the purchase. It’s perfectly okay for these medications to be taken separately. Doing so will not make your medications less effective or your treatment outcome less desirable.
Here are 6 ways you can save on your medications:
1. Always make it clear with your doctor you prefer generic medications.
2. If generic isn’t available, ask if there is another medication in a similar drug class that would do the job.
3. Contact your Honeybee pharmacist to see if your current combination medication is available separately and if so, if it would save you money to take separately.
4. Ask your doctor for a double strength pill and split it in two*. This would make your supply last twice as long. *Certain medications may not be split. Please ask your Honeybee pharmacist if your pills can be split.
5. Check with your insurer to see if the prescribed medication is on your formulary.
6. Find out from your Honeybee pharmacist if you can save money by paying for your medication out of pocket and skipping your insurance all together. Yes! That’s right! Many times, your copay is higher than your out of pocket cost.
Remember, combination pills don’t need to be taken in a single pill when it is commercially available separately. Some may say it’s more convenient, but come on, we are talking about just one more pill.
You should always take advantage when there is an opportunity to save, but it’s not going to throw itself on your lap. Be proactive. Ask your doctor if there are alternatives, substitutes, or generics. Call your Honeybee pharmacist and ask if your combination pill can be taken separately without compromising treatment outcome and see how much you can save. Let us help you keep your health up and spendings down.