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Diovan HCT (Valsartan Hydrochlorothiazide) Savings

Diovan HCT (Valsartan Hydrochlorothiazide) is one of the most popular drugs in America for treating high blood pressure, a condition that afflicts about 68 million Americans and increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Though Diovan HCT became available as a generic at the end of last year, its brand name and generic costs are still high. If you are fed up with these prices, you can find serious savings either by ordering online or using a variety of discounts at your local pharmacy. Here’s the good news: You can save over 80% on both brand and generic versions!

Diovan HCT Discounts:

My local pharmacy in New York City charges $515 for a 90-day supply of Diovan HCT. Expensive! By ordering from a verified international online pharmacy, I found I could save 88% and pay only $63 for a 90-day supply. That’s an annual savings of $1,808. The savings from a discount card, discount coupon, and U.S.-based online pharmacy weren’t so hot – each one saved around $80, or 16%. Check out the price comparisons.

Valsartan Hydrochlorothiazide Discounts:

Even though generic Diovan HCT is available as Valsartan Hydrochlorothiazide in the U.S., it is still expensive at $369.99 for 90 pills. Once again, the best savings were found are from verified international online pharmacies — $61 for 90 pills. The drug coupon was the best domestic option, bringing the price for 90 pills to $147, but this was only at one particular pharmacy. If you choose to use a coupon or discount card, make sure to check prices at all pharmacies in your area, as they will often be different. View our pricing table below.

Savings on 90 Pills of Diovan HCT (160/12.5 mg)

Program Price Savings over Local Pharmacy Percent savings
U.S. Local Pharmacy $515.00
Discount Card Option $433.79 $81.21 16%
Discount Coupon Option $432.94 $82.06 16%
U.S. Online Pharmacy $430.31 $84.69 16%
International Online Pharmacy $63.00* $452.00 88%

Local pharmacy in New York City, U.S. online international pharmacy found at Healthwarehouse.com International Online Pharmacy price as found on PharmacyChecker.com, discount card used found on RxCut.com, coupon found on Goodrx.com. Prices collected 2/19/2013.

*Price Calculated from 84 pills

Savings on 90 Pills of Valsartan Hydrochlorothiazide(160/12.5 mg)

Program Price Savings over Local Pharmacy Percent savings
U.S. Local Pharmacy $369.99
Discount Card Option $340.74 $29.25 8%
Discount Coupon Option $147.74 $222.25 60%
U.S. Online Pharmacy $289.00 $80.99 22%
International Online Pharmacy $61.00 $308.99 84%%

Local pharmacy in New York City, U.S. online international pharmacy found at Healthwarehouse.com International Online Pharmacy price as found on PharmacyChecker.com, discount card used found on RxCut.com, coupon found on Goodrx.com. Prices collected 2/19/2013.

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    Synthroid: Finding the Best Savings for Brand and Generic

    Levothyroxine sodium, used to treat hypothyroidism and also for pituitary TSH suppression, was the fourth most popular medication in the United States in 2011. Whether looking for the brand name version – Synthroid – or a generic version, savvy shoppers will want to find the lowest price. We’ve found that you can save up to 82% on Synthroid and 74% on levothyroxine sodium.

    Of all options, the lowest prices for generic Synthroid are through drug discount programs at major U.S. retailers like Walmart and Target. The price is about $10 for a 90 day supply!

    In contrast, U.S. prices are much higher for brand name Synthroid. We compared the cash price — $102 for 90 pills (100 mcg) — at our local pharmacy in New York City to the prices at the same pharmacy using a discount card and discount coupon. They had similar prices of $77.19 and $74.41 respectively. If you choose to use one of these savings methods, be sure to check different coupons and cards, as they will have different prices. They may even have different prices at different pharmacies.

    The biggest savings on brand name Synthroid are from international online pharmacies. We found that you can save up to 82%, and purchase 90 pills for $17.99.

    Savings on 90 Day Supply of Synthroid

    Program Price Savings over Local Pharmacy Percent savings
    U.S. Local Pharmacy $102.00
    Discount Card Option $77.19 $24.81 24%
    Discount Coupon Option $74.41 $27.59 27%
    U.S. Online Pharmacy $71.89 $30.11 30%
    International Online Pharmacy $205.47 $826.50 80%

    Local pharmacy in New York City, U.S. online international pharmacy found at Healthwarehouse.com, International Online Pharmacy price as found on PharmacyChecker.com, discount card used found on RxCut.com, coupon found on Goodrx.com. Prices collected 2/4/2013.

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    Spiriva HandiHaler: How to Save 80%

    Spiriva HandiHaler (tiotropium bromide inhalation powder) is a popular prescription medication used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In 2011, Americans spent $2.4 billion on it, making it the 23rd most popular drug that year.

    Spiriva is a very expensive medicine at $1,031.97 for a 90 day supply from a local U.S. pharmacy. Considering that cost is the number one factor contributing to Americans not taking prescribed medications. With no low-cost generic available, Americans without insurance or whose insurance does not cover Spiriva Handihaler will too often skip their medicine, resulting in poor health outcomes, including, but not limited to, hospitalization and emergency room visits.

    Fortunately, there are ways to save including by using discount cards, drug coupons, or online pharmacies. In fact, by using an international online pharmacy, you can save over $3,200 a year by paying only $205.47 for a 90 day supply! If you need your medication immediately, you should use a drug coupon or discount card at your local pharmacy, which will save you 17%. Check out our price table below to view the best prices on Spiriva Handihaler.

    Savings on 90 Day Supply of Spiriva HandiHaler

    Program Price Savings over Local Pharmacy Percent savings
    U.S. Local Pharmacy $1,031.97
    Discount Card Option $854.81 $177.16 17%
    Discount Coupon Option $853.96 $178.01 17%
    U.S. Online Pharmacy $749.70 $282.27 27%
    International Online Pharmacy $205.47 $826.50 80%

    Local pharmacy in New York City, U.S. online international pharmacy found at Healthwarehouse.com, International Online Pharmacy price as found on PharmacyChecker.com, discount card used found on RxCut.com, coupon found on Goodrx.com. Prices collected 1/29/2013.

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    Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, etc. – How to Save Money and Treat Your Heartburn

    Fifteen million Americans suffer from heartburn every day, caused by such conditions as GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), Laryngopharyngeal disease, dyspepsia, and peptic ulcer disease. If you suffer from chronic heartburn you may want to use a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) to treat it. Which one should you take, and which is the best value?

    PPI’s are among the most commonly prescribed medications; Americans spent over $6 billion dollars on Nexium, “the purple pill”, in 2011. That same year, over 59 million prescriptions were written for omeprazole (generic Prilosec). These numbers don’t even include sales for Aciphex, another popular prescription PPI, or any of the over the counter PPI’s, such as Prilosec (low dosage), Prevacid, or lower dose omeprazole.

    A report from Consumer Reports studying 7 different PPI’s, found that all of them completely relieved symptoms for roughly 7 out of 10 patients within four weeks, and they repaired damage to the esophagus in roughly 9 out of 10 people within eight weeks. Consumer Reports recommends the OTC drugs when they are an option. If the necessary dosage is not available in OTC drugs, you should consult your doctor to find the prescription-only PPI with the lowest out of pocket costs. All of the OTC PPI’s mentioned above are about $30 for 28 pills.  If you choose to go with a prescription medication, check out the price tables below. We’ve compiled price comparisons for two popular brand name PPI’s below. For instance, you can save up to 89% — or $233 a month — on the “Purple Pill” by ordering from a verified online pharmacy.

    Savings on 30 Pills of Nexium 40 mg

    Program Price Savings over Local Pharmacy Percent savings
    U.S. Local Pharmacy $260.99
    Discount Card Option $222.96 $38.03 15%
    Discount Coupon Option $213.07 $47.92 18%
    U.S. Online Pharmacy $203.08 $57.91 22%
    International Online Pharmacy $27.90 $233.09 89%

    Local pharmacy in New York City, U.S. online international pharmacy found at Healthwarehouse.com International Online Pharmacy price as found on PharmacyChecker.com, discount card used found on RxCut.com, coupon found on Goodrx.com. Prices collected 1/16/2013.

    Compare Nexium Prices on PharmacyChecker.com

    Savings on 30 Pills of Aciphex 20 mg

    Program Price Savings over Local Pharmacy Percent savings
    U.S. Local Pharmacy $347.99
    Discount Card Option $321.11 $26.88 8%
    Discount Coupon Option $280.83 $67.16 19%
    U.S. Online Pharmacy $260.10 $87.89 25%
    International Online Pharmacy $49.00 $298.99 86%

    Local pharmacy in New York City, U.S. online international pharmacy found at Healthwarehouse.com International Online Pharmacy price as found on PharmacyChecker.com, discount card used found on RxCut.com, coupon found on Goodrx.com. Prices collected 1/16/2013.

    Compare AciphexPrices on PharmacyChecker.com

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    How to Save on Lipitor (Atorvastatin), Brand and Generic

    For nearly a decade, Pfizer’s Lipitor, a cholesterol-lowering medication, was America’s most popular brand name prescription drug. Americans spent a whopping $7.7 billion dollars on it in 2011 (and worldwide sales totaled about $11 billion). Since its U.S. patent expiration over a year ago, an increasing number of Americans have now shifted to lower cost generic versions. Still, some folks are sticking with brand name Lipitor. We’ve identified the best ways to save on brand name and generic Lipitor below.

    Generic drugs are often preferable to brands because they are generally much cheaper even though they have the same active ingredients as the original. If you’re concerned about buying generic Lipitor because of the recent recall by Indian drug company Ranbaxy, you should know that there are other manufacturers who make generic Lipitor and generic Lipitor is still widely available. Moreover, it’s likely that Ranbaxy’s version will be back on the market soon. As a matter of personal preference and brand trust some people still prefer Pfizer’s Lipitor to the generic. What is most important is that you can afford and take the medicine that you need.

    So where do the Lipitor and Atorvastatin savings stand now? (To skip to the summary of the savings, view the pricing chart).

    Brand Lipitor

    Online Savings Are Best
    Even with generic competition, the cash price of Lipitor remains very expensive domestically – a 30-day supply of Lipitor 20mg is $226 at a local pharmacy in New York City. The absolute greatest savings on Lipitor is achieved by purchasing a three-month supply from an international online pharmacy, from which the lowest price found on PharmacyChecker.com is $68. Compare that to $678 at that local pharmacy in NYC and the savings comes out to 90% – over $2,400 annually!

    Prescription Drug Discount Card/Coupon
    The savings are not very substantial using standard discount cards and coupons. The highest discount we found for standard cards was 18%. However, Pfizer has a more significant savings program…

    Pfizer’s Lipitor For You
    Pfizer has a Lipitor discount program called Lipitor For You. The program can help you save money, but its marketing is a little deceptive. It claims to lower your out-of-pocket expenses to $4 for a one-month supply of Lipitor. Well, it can do that, and sometimes does. In reality, the Pfizer discount card is actually a $75 coupon, which can reduce your out-of-pocket expense to a minimum of $4. However, if your copay is high enough – over $79 – you will pay more than $4. If you don’t have insurance and the cash price is $226 then the discount of $75 will bring down the cost to $151 – a 33% discount. With Pfizer’s Lipitor program, savings are twice as large as using a normal discount but not as a great as using an international online pharmacy.

    Bottom Line: For brand name Lipitor, the maximum savings are found either at an international online pharmacy or the Lipitor For You program, depending on whether or not you have insurance.

    Generic Lipitor

    Like the brand, the generic cash price can also be very high at local pharmacies — $157.99 at that same NYC pharmacy mentioned above, which is way more expensive that the brand version internationally! While conducting the drug price research for this blog post, the New York City pharmacist we spoke with even agreed; before stating the generic Lipitor price, he said, “It’s very expensive!” Here’s what you can do…

    Buying Generic Lipitor Online A Great Deal!
    As far as ordering generic Lipitor 20mg online goes, the U.S. has great prices – a three-month supply for $36. The international price is a little lower at $33 ,but you may also have higher overall costs because international shipping fees are higher, not to mention much longer waiting times

    Local Pharmacies With A Discount Card Also A Great Deal!!
    We’ve discovered that purchasing at your local pharmacy using a discount card is also a great deal – a 30-day supply is about $14.50, and a 90 day supply is $36.50. Keep in mind that when buying locally there are no wait times or shipping fees.

    Bottom Line: When it comes to generic Lipitor, our research shows great deals both online and at the local pharmacy so it’s up to you to determine whichever way is most convenient and desirable.

    To summarize, discount coupons and online pharmacies in the U.S. or abroad all offer pretty much the same savings on atorvastatin – the generic of Lipitor. When it comes to ordering the brand name version, the best savings depend on a variety of factors. If you have insurance, it depends on your co-pay amount, with the Lipitor For You program offering a great option. If you don’t have insurance and need to pay the cash price in the pharmacy, then Pfizer’s Lipitor from international online pharmacies is clearly your best deal. It will save you about $2,400 a year! Just make sure the online pharmacy is verified by an independent third party, such as those listed on PharmacyChecker.com.

    Brand Lipitor 20 mg Savings (90 day supply)

    Program Price Savings over Local Pharmacy Percent savings Annual Savings
    Local Pharmacy $677.97
    Discount Card Option $555.50 $122.47 18% $489.88
    Coupon Option $532.68 $145.29 21% $581.16
    U.S. Online Pharmacy $500.30 $177.67 26% $710.68
    International Online Pharmacy: $68.00 $609.97 90% $2,439.88

    Local pharmacy in New York City, International Online Pharmacy price as found on PharmacyChecker.com. Prices collected 12/13/2012

    Generic Lipitor (Atorvastatin) 20 mg Savings (90 day supply)

    Program Price Savings over Local Pharmacy Percent savings Annual Savings
    Local Pharmacy $157.99
    Discount Card Option $36.50 $121.49 18% $485.96
    Coupon Option $36.50 $121.49 18% $485.96
    U.S. Online Pharmacy $36.00 $121.99 18% $487.96
    International Online Pharmacy: $32.90 $125.09 18% $500.36

    Local pharmacy in New York City, International Online Pharmacy price as found on PharmacyChecker.com. Prices collected 12/13/2012

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    How to Save 92% On Crestor

    Crestor is one of the most popular cholesterol lowering medications in a group of drugs called statins. It treats a variety of conditions, including hyperlipidemia, mixed dyslipidemia, and hypertriglyceridemia. In 2011, Crestor was the second most popular statin by spending in the U.S. Americans spent $4.4 billion dollars on it. The first was Lipitor on which Americans spent $7.7 billion dollars. You can save thousands of dollars a year by shopping for Crestor online.

    Even though Lipitor is now available in a cheaper generic form, the same is not true for Crestor. It will remain expensive, and many Americans will face high prices for Crestor at the pharmacy.

    At a local U.S. pharmacy, 90 pills of Crestor 10 mg cost over $600; at the lowest-priced international online pharmacy it’s only $52.20 — a 92% savings. Over one year, that’s just over $2,300!

    If you can’t wait a few weeks for the shipping and delivery of your medicine, then you should look for discounts at your local pharmacy. We found that using a drug discount card can save you 29%, and a drug coupon can save you 39%. Check out our table below to see the savings.

    If you need your medicine immediately, use either the discount card or coupon. When it comes time to refill, you could order through an international online pharmacy. Just make sure it’s PharmacyChecker.com approved. No matter what you do, don’t stop taking your physician-prescribed medicine.

    Savings on 90 Pills of Crestor 10 mg

    Program Price Savings over Local Pharmacy Percent savings
    U.S. Local Pharmacy $632.97
    Discount Card Option $471.71 $161.26 25%
    Discount Coupon Option $388.23 $244.74 39%
    U.S. Online Pharmacy $472.26 $160.71 25%
    International Online Pharmacy $52.20 $580.77 92%

    Local pharmacy in New York City, International Online Pharmacy price as found on PharmacyChecker.com. Prices collected 11/26/2012. International Online Pharmacy prices calculated from 84 pills.

    If you are looking for Crestor in other strengths, look at these pricing charts:

    Crestor 5 mg
    Crestor 10 mg
    Crestor 20 mg
    Crestor 40 mg

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