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by Nikki Buzzelli

Diagnoses, treatments, surgeries. At every stage of your health journey, finding a professional second opinion, gaining new perspectives or searching for different resources, in your community or online, is one of the best ways you can advocate for yourself as a patient.

While the medical community agrees second opinions aren’t necessary in every case–a cold is most likely a cold–most doctors recommend a second opinion in certain cases, and some insurance companies cover them. A good second opinion could save you time, money, even your life.

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Seeking a Second Opinion

A few reasons to seek a second opinion are, if:

  • Your doctor is not a specialist or familiar with your condition. Specialists are dedicated to their field and can ask questions and notice symptoms so subtle others may miss.
  • You feel your concerns aren’t taken seriously. Mental health is as important as physical health and that starts with medical teams that listen to you, the patient.
  • You’re not confident in your diagnosis or treatment plan. Doubt, gut feelings, or intuition can all be enough reason to seek another opinion. You know best what is working for your body, or how well a diagnosis “fits.”
  • You’ve completed treatment and haven’t improved. Studies show our brains follow the same train of thought over time, creating natural blind spots in the way we think. Doctors are no exception. A fresh perspective could find a misdiagnosis or bring new skills that could lead to the correct treatment.

If you feel you want or need a second opinion, it’s easier than most people think. The important thing is to find a medical professional you are confident in and comfortable with.

You can ask your doctor for their recommendation or do your own research with the help of your insurance company. Make sure to get copies of your medical records to share with your new doctor. You’ll also want to compile lists of all the prescriptions you are taking, any relevant test results, and your past and current treatment plans.

Whether it’s a new approach or a different way of thinking about treatment, second opinions give you information necessary for you to make the best decisions about your health.

It’s clear we benefit from second opinions on treatments; but when’s the last time you thought about getting a second opinion on medical costs, like prescriptions?

The Two-Second Second Opinion

The ScriptSave WellRx app is the free, two-second ‘second opinion’ in your pocket that brings you lower prescription drug costs by negotiating drug prices with independent and chain pharmacies in bulk. Sometimes for even lower than your insurance cost.

Now, instead of taking the number at the pharmacy register at face value, one simple search shows you the out-of-pocket price for your prescriptions with a variety of discounts, all available for you to choose from. And because you can access WellRx online or through the app, it’s easier than ever to find the second opinion on prescription costs you need in real-time.

Simply go to WellRx.com, type in your or your family’s prescription and dosage information, and WellRx will find the biggest savings from the closest of over 65,000 pharmacies. The only thing you have to do is save your discount and show it to the pharmacist at the register. No extra costs, no sign ups, just the everyday savings you and your family needs.

See for yourself the difference a second opinion can make.

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The internet is a convenient option for purchasing many necessities, but can you fill your prescriptions online? In many cases, yes. There are generally two ways to fill a prescription online:

  1. Use an online pharmacy or mail-order pharmacy to fill your prescription; the pharmacy then mails you the prescribed medications.
  2. Use the patient portal on your pharmacy’s website to request an Rx refill online, and then pick up your medicine in person.

How Online and Mail-Order Pharmacies Work

An online or mail-order pharmacy allows you to order your medications over the internet (or by phone) and have them mailed directly to you. This is a convenient option but there are some drawbacks. Your medications take longer to arrive so you want to be sure you keep up with your refills. Some, but not all, online pharmacies have automatic refills available.

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Is It Safe to Buy Medication Online?

There are legitimate online pharmacies, and it is generally safe to use them. However, there are also several safety risks with online pharmacies. You may come across unethical companies that operate in a risky or even illegal manner. They may sell you counterfeit medications, drugs that aren’t FDA-approved, or medication that is expired or defective.

Unreputable online pharmacies may even sell Rx meds to people who don’t have a prescription. Be especially careful with international pharmacies. There are strict federal laws against importing certain substances from a foreign country.

How to Protect Yourself When Using Online Pharmacies

To protect yourself, watch out for these red flags.

  • Lack of contact information. Always check the website for contact information and verify that there is a U.S. address and valid phone number listed. Try calling the number to see if it is legitimate.
  • Availability of drugs without a prescription. If the pharmacy does not require a prescription to complete your transaction, or it advertises that you can obtain drugs without a prescription, do not go through with your order.
  • Drugs that are not FDA-approved. If you see any drugs that haven’t been approved by the FDA, stay away from the pharmacy.
  • No pharmacist available to answer questions. A reputable pharmacy will employ one or more licensed pharmacists to answer your questions.
  • Lack of a valid U.S. license. The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NAPB) verifies online pharmacies that are properly licensed. Look for a VIPPS (Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites) seal and a “.pharmacy” website domain.

Do Online Pharmacies Save You Money?

Many people turn to online pharmacies to save money. Some legitimate online pharmacies offer discounted prices on medications, but many cut corners to offer discounts. The drugs may not be properly manufactured and as a result, may be too strong or too weak.

Rather than focusing only on price, you should focus first on safety. Once you have a list of reputable online pharmacies, then you can compare pricing.

Some online or mail-order pharmacies allow you to use discount drug programs when ordering your medication. Call or chat with a customer support representative and see if they accept any savings programs. For example, PillPack and Health Warehouse accept the ScriptSave WellRx prescription discount card.

Online Patient Portals

Online patient portals are offered through a traditional brick-and-mortar pharmacy like Walmart or CVS. These online portals offer a convenient way to request Rx refills from your home, office, school, etc. Once your prescription is filled, you must go to the pharmacy in-person to pick up your medication.

Patients can still use a pharmacy discount card with these portals. Simply bring your card or mobile app with you to the pharmacy when picking up your medications.

Rx Savings On The Go

ScriptSave WellRx is dedicated to negotiating discounted prices on as many medications and at as many pharmacies as possible. If you’re struggling to afford your medication, try downloading our mobile app. It allows you to search and compare drug prices to find the best discount in your area.

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For most Americans, chances are good you’re spending too much on your prescription medications. The increasing cost is staggering. And with so many companies offering discounts on prescriptions, it can sound like a scam. As the saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

ScriptSave® WellRx is part of Medical Security Card Company, LLC; bringing some of the most advanced technology, pharmacy expertise and customer service in the industry for more than 20 years.

While we can tell you what we do and how we really can help you save on your prescription costs, we’d rather let you see what folks who have saved, some who were skeptics, have to say.

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And, yes. We even help with the cost of some pet medications!

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If you need assistance affording your prescriptions, sign up for a free ScriptSave WellRx card or download the free prescription savings app, and save on your medications next time you visit the pharmacy.

 

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If your doctor has prescribed a medication for you, you want to be sure you’re getting the most benefit from that drug. Medication adherence is important to get the most benefit from the medications used to treat your condition. The causes of non-adherence, when a patient either accidentally or knowingly does not take medications as prescribed, can be complex. Non-adherence is often the result of cost; patients who simply can’t afford their medications. However, good habits and a good understanding of the medication can also be a big part of adherence, and can help you stick to your medication schedule.

Medication Adherence

World Health Organization defined adherence as “the extent to which a person’s behavior – taking medication, following a diet, and/or executing lifestyle changes, corresponds with agreed recommendations from a health care provider.” The concept that healthcare professionals manage medical conditions is true only in case of hospitalized patients. The bottom line is, medications don’t work in patients who don’t take them, or don’t take them as prescribed.

In an outpatient setting, the healthcare professionals’ role is limited to providing products (medications and/or monitoring devices) and educational tools. Taking medications, on time and properly, is left up to the patient or their in-home caregiver. There are several techniques to help you remember to take your medications as prescribed and manage their own medical condition. As the patient, you have the ultimate control for safe and effective treatment.

Two Steps to Medication Adherence
Adherence to medication can be achieved in two simple steps; understanding and behavior changes. Understanding includes knowledge of your medical condition and how your prescribed medication can help to manage it. Here are a few helpful websites:

  1. https://www.patienteducationcenter.org/ – The health-related content on the website is provided by Harvard Medical School. Medical conditions are listed alphabetically from A to Z.
  2. https://medlineplus.gov/ – Produced by the National Library of Medicine, provides reliable information on medical conditions, drugs, herbs, and supplements.
  3. https://www.wellrx.com/ – ScriptSave® WellRx allows you to search for the lowest prices on prescription medications at nearby pharmacies, and provides overviews of the medications. Our Ask a Pharmacist phone line lets you talk to a pharmacist about prescription medicines, dosing, or medication interaction questions. Registered members have access to a free suite of personal wellness tools in the Medicine Chest, including:
  • Ask a Pharmacist
  • Pill Reminders
  • Refill Reminders
  • Medication Information (in both English and Spanish)
  • Medication Videos
  • Mood-tracking (to review side effects, etc.)
  • Price-check and Pharmacy Locator

Behavioral changes mean finding ways to stay on track with your medication schedule. Finding the right tool or a combination of methods that fit best your lifestyle is key to medication adherence. Here are some ways to stay on track:

  1. Integrate your medication to your daily routine, such as brushing your teeth or watching your favorite TV show.
  2. Set one/multiple daily alarm using a clock, mobile phone, or computer.
  3. Ask a family member and/or friend give you a call remainder.
  4. Pill boxes are another way to organize your scheduled medications. Pill boxes are available in different forms that allow you/your caregiver to fill them daily, weekly, or even monthly.
  5. Medication charts can be developed by own or with the help of a healthcare professional. Keep an updated chart with medication names, dose, when you take them, and what are you taking them for. You can refer to the chart if you get confused with your medications.
  6. Plan ahead for medication refills and mark a calendar to make sure you always have your medication when necessary.
  7. If you have a smart phone, the free ScriptSave WellRx app can be used to remind you to take your medications, refill your medications, and track how the medications make you feel.

We hope these tips on medication adherence have helped. Download our free app from the iOS app store or the Google Play Store, and get registered to take advantage of our free medication adherence tools. If you’re struggling to afford your medications, visit www.WellRx.com to compare the cash price at pharmacies near you. You may find prices lower than your insurance co-pay!


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TUCSON, AZ (February 1, 2017) – For more than 17 years, ScriptSave has partnered with Physicians Mutual to provide their customers with discounts on prescription medications. Physicians Mutual delivered the ScriptSave Prescription Savings Program to their policyholders, who have saved $185 million on their prescriptions.

We are happy to announce that Physicians Mutual will transition their current ScriptSave program to ScriptSave WellRx, a technology enabled prescription savings and management program. ScriptSave WellRx will not only deliver prescription discounts to Physicians Mutual’s Medicare Supplement, Life Insurance, and Annuity Insurance customers, it will also provide new tools that promote medication education and adherence. Customers will be equipped with a mobile app and website, which show medication prices at local pharmacies, provide helpful medication information and images, direct pharmacist support through “Ask a Pharmacist”, and reminder tools to promote adherence and wellness.

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”We deeply value our partnership with Physicians Mutual and we are excited to be able to provide them our innovative and robust product. A value-added program, like ScriptSave WellRx, can help attract new customers and maintain loyalty with current customers. We look forward to sharing other upcoming ScriptSave solutions with Physicians Mutual in the near future,” said Marcus Sredzinski, Chief Operating Officer for ScriptSave.

ScriptSave WellRx is designed to boost medication adherence by providing cost saving opportunities, information, and reminders. ScriptSave’s long-standing mission has been to close the gaps in prescription coverage. The program is already being used by half a million consumers and includes population health applications that can be used by employers, health plans, and other organizations.

About ScriptSave:

For more than two decades, ScriptSave has been closing the gaps in healthcare and prescription coverage with innovative savings programs, like ScriptSave WellRx, for the uninsured, under-insured, and insured. ScriptSave solutions, analytics, and unique expertise save consumers money and increase medication adherence. In 2015 alone, we saved members more than $1.3 Billion. Pharmacies, employers, health plans, and other organizations across the nation rely on ScriptSave solutions to deliver instant prescription savings to their members. Our savings network includes more than 62,000 local and chain pharmacies.

ScriptSave WellRx is recognized and approved by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®). Our .pharmacy recognition lets consumers know that ScriptSave WellRx meets standards set by a global coalition that includes International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) and NABP, which has supported the United States boards of pharmacy in their goal of protecting the public health since 1904.

ScriptSave is a member of the MedImpact, Inc. family of companies. For more information, visit www.wellrx.com. Follow us: @SSWellRx (Twitter), Scriptsavewellrx (Facebook).

About Physicians Mutual:

Physicians Mutual Insurance Company and Physicians Life Insurance Company are members of the Physicians Mutual family. Physicians Mutual Insurance Company offers reliable Medicare Supplement, dental and supplemental health insurance. Physicians Life Insurance Company provides important life insurance coverage and annuities. They entered the funeral pre-planning market to help meet the growing needs of funeral home owners and the families they serve. The companies have more than $3.6 billion in assets and consistently maintain some of the highest financial strength ratings in the nation from independent insurance analysts, including A.M. Best Company and Weiss Ratings. Founded in 1902, Physicians Mutual is headquartered in Omaha, Neb. To learn more about the company, please visit www.PhysiciansMutual.com.

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When drug manufacturer, Mylan, raised the price of a pair of EpiPen’s to more than $600 last summer, patients in need scrambled for alternatives. The sharply higher price shocked parents last summer when they went to buy EpiPen devices for their children for the new school year.

Adrenaclick® offers a true alternative to the high-priced EpiPen. It has been declared safe by the FDA, national pharmacies sell it, and its list price is a third less than the EpiPen’s. Both the EpiPen auto-injectors and the authorized generic of Adrenaclick are approved by the Food and Drug Administration and contain the same active ingredient as other epinephrine auto-injector devices. Additionally, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology includes generic Adrenaclick among therapeutic options in an anaphylaxis emergency action plan*.

Impax Laboratories, the current owner of the rights to Adrenaclick, is spending millions of dollars to upgrade its assembly line to meet heightened demand for the product after the EpiPen price increases.

Now, CVS is offering the low-cost EpiPen Alternative, Adrenaclick, at all CVS Pharmacy locations

Patients can now purchase the authorized generic for Adrenaclick at a cash price of $109.99 for a two-pack – the lowest cash price in the market.

What should you do if you’re considering this switch? First, talk to your doctor about whether the authorized generic for Adrenaclick is a good fit for you specific medical condition. Your doctor can then write a prescription for an “epinephrine auto-injector” to ensure the lowest-cost product is filled. Patients who already have a prescription on file with CVS Pharmacy can ask their pharmacist to check with the doctor about making the change.

Click here to find Adrenaclick at the nearest CVS, or see pricing at other pharmacies.

 

 

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TUCSON, AZ (October 13, 2016) – ScriptSave WellRx, a prescription savings and adherence program that provides up to an 80% discount on both generic and name brand prescription medications and an innovative “Ask a Pharmacist” feature, was recently showcased on The Balancing Act morning show airing on Lifetime®.

Shawn Ohri, Director of WellRx Product Development, and ScriptSave Vice President Jerry Parker provide valuable information and highlight the benefits, attributes, and future developments of ScriptSave WellRx.

“We enjoyed appearing on The Balancing Act and talking about ScriptSave WellRx and its future.  We are focused on closing the gap in drug coverage and we are excited to bring a product to market that provides price transparency, savings, and also promotes medication adherence. The goal of ScriptSave WellRx is to educate healthcare consumers on all facets of their medications, boost adherence, and improve outcomes.  Our roadmap includes many great features that complement this vision,“ said Shawn Ohri.

ScriptSave WellRx Mobile AppScriptSave WellRx is already being utilized by over 400,000 consumers and is available for free on the web (www.wellrx.com) and as Apple and Android apps. WellRx enables healthcare consumers to compare prices for prescription drugs at local pharmacies, look up drug information, and consult with a pharmacist about their medications.  Consumers may even find prescription prices lower than their insurance copays and can get discounts for medications not covered by their insurance plan.  The program also has population health applications and can be utilized by employers, health plans, and other organizations.

You can watch the ScriptSave WellRx segment on The Balancing Act website (https://www.thebalancingact.com/fill-your-scripts-without-breaking-the-bank/), and YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjnVPRk_Twg).

About ScriptSave:

For more than two decades, ScriptSave has been closing the gaps in healthcare and prescription coverage with innovative savings programs, like ScriptSave WellRx, for the uninsured, under-insured, and insured since 1994. Headquartered in Tucson, ScriptSave solutions, analytics, and unique expertise save consumers money and increase medication adherence, while attracting and retaining loyal, profitable customers, members and patients for our clients. ScriptSave is a member of the MedImpact, Inc. family of companies. For more information, go to www.scriptsave.com. Follow us: @SSWellRx (Twitter), Scriptsavewellrx (Facebook).

About The Balancing Act:

The Balancing Act is America’s premier morning show that brings today’s busy on-the-go modern women positive solutions and cutting-edge ideas to help balance and enrich their lives every day. From workouts to the workplace, from kids to the kitchen, The Balancing Act offers trusted advice to inspire and empower women across the country each weekday morning.  The Balancing Act…..what women today need to know! Weekday mornings at 7:30 a.m. (ET/PT) on Lifetime.

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Cost and inconvenience are the biggest reasons people don’t take their prescribed medicines. ScriptSave®WellRx wants to remedy that. For consumers who are underinsured and in need of low-cost prescription medications, ScriptSave WellRx is the doctor and pharmacist-trusted online resource that makes prescription medicines more affordable and easier to manage. That’s why we’re excited that ScriptSave® WellRx was a top pick by Mashable in its review of 10 apps increasing health care access for low-income patients! ScriptSave WellRx is free and accepted at 62,000 participating chain and independent retail pharmacies nationwide.

With ScriptSave WellRx program, you get:

  • No enrollment fee and no limits on usage.
  • Cost savings on prescription medications at more than 62,000 pharmacies.
  • An average savings of 45% with potential savings of up to 80%.*
  • Prescription medication deal for every member of the household – even pets!
  • Pharmacy locations, prescription price comparison checker, drug information and more!

It’s that easy! There is no paperwork to complete and no limit on usage. The ScriptSave WellRx app is Compatible with iOS and Android operating systems, so download your free mobile app today from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store!

 


* Average and up to savings percentages are based on all discounted prescriptions that were run through the WellRx program in 2015. Discount percentages represent savings provided off of pharmacies’ retail prices for consumers who do not have a discount program and pay cash.

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