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Rising drug prices1 and managing multiple medications in our golden years is enough to make anyone's head spin. WellRx is on a mission to ease this burden by saving seniors money on prescription drugs and equipping them with medication management and wellness tools to live a healthier life.
We set out to test WellRx, a prescription discount savings card. In the process, we discovered that WellRx lives up to its claim of saving seniors up to 80 percent on their prescription drugs. Additionally, we found the tools they offer simplify medication management, support healthy living, and are easy to use. Keep reading to get the lowdown on WellRx!
Getting a WellRx discount card took us 30 seconds; it was that quick! The best part is, we didn't have to input any personal information. If you're like us, we like to avoid handing over our contact information online when possible. To get a WellRx discount card, we didn't even have to enter our name or email address.
We had four options to receive our WellRx discount card: email, text message, print, or download it to our computer. Unlike America's Pharmacy, WellRx doesn't have an option to get your discount card mailed to your home. This was a little disappointing since we know some seniors don't have a printer at home and would like to have a physical discount card.
Once you've gotten your WellRx discount card, it is time to start saving! Using the WellRx medication search tool on the website or mobile app (more on that below), you can search for discounted medications near you. Simply type in your prescription into the search bar. WellRx's discounted price saved us more than 90 percent on the generic retail price during our search. Talk about savings. We should note that prices may vary by pharmacy, and the prices listed below are based on our local search results.
The first medication we searched for was Zestril, which is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. Secondly, we searched for Cymbalta, which is commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. WellRx automatically searches for the generic brand of these brand name drugs to get you the best deal. If you need (or just want) the name brand, you can still use your WellRx discount card for savings, but it will be more expensive than the generic.
|Brand name drug||Generic name drug||Retail cost of generic name drug||Lowest price with WellRx discount||Percent savings|
|Zestril||Lisinopril (20mg/60 tablets)||$65.81||$8.00||88%|
|Cymbalta||Duloxetine HCL (60mg/30 capsules)||$217.55||$11.62||95%|
WellRx has a filtering feature that allows you to see pharmacies near you that are open 24 hours, have a drive-thru, or are multilingual. Other discount cards like GoodRx don't have this feature, so we appreciate it. We found it to be convenient since those factors could influence where you would like to purchase your prescription, along with the discounted price.
Keep in mind that finding the lowest price on your medications may require you to purchase them from multiple pharmacies. For example, say you search for Medication A and Medication B. Walmart may have the lowest price for Medication A, while Rite Aid has the lowest price for Medication B. In this case, if you want to save every dollar possible, you'll need your prescribing physician to call the medications into two different pharmacies, and you will need to drive to each one to pick them up.
Once you've compared prices and selected the pharmacy (or pharmacies) you'd like to purchase your prescription from, you'll want to make sure your prescribing physician sends the prescription to the appropriate pharmacy. When your medication is ready for pick-up, all you have to do is show your WellRx discount card at the register. They will apply the discount, and you're good to go!
What we like about WellRx is that you can easily save on prescriptions without getting too involved, but if you want the full WellRx experience, we recommend signing up for an account. But don't worry, if making online accounts isn't your style, you can still use WellRx without an account. A WellRx account is free, secure, and you can cancel it anytime. We found the features to be extremely beneficial for seniors. To sign up for an account, we had to input our first and last name, date of birth, zip code, and email address. It gave us access to valuable tools like:
Expert Advice: WellRx has a pharmacist available to answer non-emergency prescription medication questions. You can call 1-866-268-2611, Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. MST, to speak with the pharmacist.
If you own a smartphone like the majority of Americans,3 we recommend downloading the WellRx app. In our opinion, the app ties a bow on everything WellRx offers seniors. You can receive medication reminders, view and edit your Medicine Chest, search for the best deals on prescriptions at local pharmacies, access your discount card, and use WellRx's Grocery Guidance feature.
Money-Saving Tip: In the WellRx app, you can set a price alert for any medication. When the price drops at a pharmacy near you, WellRx will notify you through the app or by email so you can have your physician call in your next refill at the pharmacy with the lowest price.
We are impressed with the sheer amount of features offered by this well-rounded app. It’s easy to use, but if you're finding all the extra features to be too much, keep in mind that you don't have to have the app to get discounts on your prescriptions. These are just some useful tools WellRx makes available to their users for added convenience.
A unique feature offered by WellRx is Grocery Guidance. By logging into your account, you can use this feature on their website or via the mobile app. We liked using it on the mobile app so we could check foods on the go by scanning their barcodes at the grocery store. It was very convenient!
Before shopping for groceries, we filled out the health preferences in our WellRx account. We selected from a list of general health conditions populated by WellRx, including diabetes, heart health, or pregnancy and maternity. Next, we filled out any allergens we had, dietary guidelines we follow (like low cholesterol, vegan, or Weight Watchers), and our FDA and processing guideline preferences (such as organic, non-GMO, or reduced-fat).
At the grocery store and in our pantry, we scanned the barcodes of some of our favorite foods in the app. Upon scanning the box of our most-loved organic cereal, we quickly found out it wasn't as healthy as we thought! The Grocery Guidance app let us know that on a scale of 0-100 (100 being the healthiest), this “good for you” cereal only scored a 43. For someone with diabetes, the score was a five. One of the best parts about the Grocery Guidance feature is that it presents you with better alternatives. Cinnamon Toast Keto Cereal and Benefit Nutrition Simply Fiber were suggested as alternatives, and both had food scores of 100.
Obviously, food labels can be deceptive. Grocery Guidance cuts through all the fancy packaging and helps users select the best food for their body and health conditions. We also love the personal touch searching for foods that adhere to special diets and preferences. Buying truly healthy food has never been easier.
Once you have your WellRx card, you may be wondering if it's really worth using on your prescription refills. Even if you're not one of the 7.5 million seniors in the U.S. who cannot pay for a prescription prescribed by their doctor,4 saving a few bucks on your medication each refill can save you hundreds of dollars over time. Plus, even if you have health insurance, the WellRx discounted price may be less than your copay. As healthcare costs continue to rise, utilizing a discount program like WellRx is one of the many tools you can use to keep money in your wallet. After all, a penny saved is a penny earned!
Save Even More: WellRx links to current manufacturer coupons to save you even more money. Click on “More Ways to Save” on your selected medication info page to see if your medication has exclusive manufacturer coupons available.
WellRx claims to save users an average of 65 percent on prescription drugs. In our case, they saved us up to 95 percent. Though their app can be a bit overwhelming, it has some great tools to help seniors manage their medications, record side effects, and eat healthy. Compared to some of the other top prescription discount programs out there, WellRx provides some of the best and most robust wellness features we've seen. WellRx's wellness tools are just as valuable as the money saved with their discount card for those in their golden years.
WellRx discount cards are accepted at over 65,000 nationwide pharmacies, including Walgreens, Rite Aid, Walmart, Kroger, and CVS.
No. WellRx is not health insurance. It is a prescription drug savings plan. You can use WellRx if you have health insurance, but you cannot use both when purchasing prescription medication.
Your whole household, including your pets, can use your WellRx card for discounts on prescription medications. You don’t need to get multiple cards. There is no limit to how many times you can use the card.
At this time, WellRx discount cards can only be used on prescription medications in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Guam.
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