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3 ways to help get the most from your pharmacy benefits

Between juggling work, picking up your kids, and getting dinner on the table, it can be easy to forget the little things, including ordering and picking up medications. Even when those medications make it home, they may not be taken as prescribed 50% of the time, due to forgetfulness, juggling too many prescriptions, or skipping doses to save money.

Nearly half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug, and nearly a third take three or more prescription drugs. That can be a lot to juggle. In 2017, the U.S. spent $333 billion on prescription drugs – that’s more than $1,000 per person.

Knowing how to get the most from your prescription benefits may help you manage the logistics and costs of your family’s medications.

1. Ask your experts to help you save money

Enlist your team of prescription pros – your doctor, pharmacist, and health plan – for help:

Find a network pharmacy. Do this by checking your plan’s directory online or call the number on the back of your health plan ID card. You may pay less at these pharmacies.

Ask your doctor to prescribe the medication that meets your needs at the lowest expense to you. Your health plan may provide tools so your doctors know what each prescription will cost you.

Download your health plan’s app to manage your medications on the go and use drug-pricing tools with your health plan’s app or website to see how much your medications will cost.

Explore options with your doctor and pharmacist. Your best value may come from home delivery, receiving a 90-day supply at once.

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