Jason Rich's Featured App of the Week

Discover How to Manage Your Prescription Medications and Save Money Using Apps on Your iPhone

April 08, 2020 Jason R. Rich Season 1 Episode 8
Jason Rich's Featured App of the Week
Discover How to Manage Your Prescription Medications and Save Money Using Apps on Your iPhone
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Jason Rich's Featured App of the Week
Discover How to Manage Your Prescription Medications and Save Money Using Apps on Your iPhone
Apr 08, 2020 Season 1 Episode 8
Jason R. Rich

In this episode, you'll learn about iPhone apps that allow you to lower your prescription medication costs, manage your prescriptions, learn more about the medications you're taking, and get reminders from your smartphone about when to take your various medications.

Some of the apps you'll learn about within this episode, and that are available from the iPhone's App Store, include:

Show Notes Transcript

In this episode, you'll learn about iPhone apps that allow you to lower your prescription medication costs, manage your prescriptions, learn more about the medications you're taking, and get reminders from your smartphone about when to take your various medications.

Some of the apps you'll learn about within this episode, and that are available from the iPhone's App Store, include:

Featured App of the Week – Episode #8

Welcome back to another edition of the Featured App of the Week podcast. I’m Jason Rich. 

In this edition of the podcast, we’ll explore a handful of ways you can use your iPhone to help you refill and manage your prescription medications.

According to the Health Policy Institute, which is affiliated with Georgetown University, approximately 66 percent of the adults in the United States use one or more prescription medications on a regular basis.

How much you’ll wind up paying for your prescription medications at the pharmacy will vary greatly, based on several factors, such as: whether or not you have health insurance, whether or not you’re able to take a generic version of your prescribed medication, and which pharmacy you use to fill your prescription.

As you’ll discover, the pricing for prescription medications are literally all over the place.

However, there’s an iPhone app, called GoodRx, that’ll help you get the very best deal possible on each of your prescribed medications. GoodRx is a free app that’s available from the App Store.

After you launch the app, within the Search field at the top of the screen, type the name of your exact medication, and then tap on the search result for your medication. When prompted, fill in the fields associated with the Form, Dosage, and Quantity headings.

Next, tap on the Pharmacies Near option, and either select Current Location, or enter a different geographic location, and then tap on the Search Places button. This process takes less than 30 seconds.

The GoodRx mobile app will then access the Internet and compare prices for your prescription across many of the nearby pharmacies. If online coupons are available from specific pharmacies, the GoodRx app will gather those as well.

Within a few seconds, you’ll be able to compare prices for your exact prescription medication across all of the pharmacies in your immediate geographic area, and even if you have health insurance, you may wind up discovering where you can save some significant money.

Unfortunately, there is a small catch when using the GoodRx app. In some cases, a pharmacy will display a very low price for your medication, but when you actually go to that pharmacy to have your prescription filled, that particular location will not always honor the low price displayed within the app. 

There is some fine print that states the individual pharmacies have the right not to honor the pricing displayed within the GoodRx app, but overall, you’ll likely be able to save significant money by doing a quick price comparison using this app.

Once you have your prescriptions filled, if you regularly use the same pharmacy for all of your prescriptions, definitely consider installing the free, proprietary app specifically for your pharmacy. 

Many pharmacy-specific mobile apps allow you to order refills with a few on-screen taps. They also have a built-in medication reminder that’ll alert you when to take your medications. Some allow you to chat online with a pharmacy professional to get your questions answered, and also review your prescription history.

 

To avoid going inside of a pharmacy when you need to refill you prescriptions, in some cases, if your pharmacy offers a delivery service, when you request to refill a prescription using the pharmacy’s mobile app, you’re able to arrange to have it delivered right to your home, often at no additional charge. 

Otherwise, you’re typically able to select a specific day and time when you want to pick it up from the pharmacy or the pharmacy’s drive-thru window.

If you have prescriptions being filled at a handful of different pharmacies, there’s a free app, called PocketRx, that allows you to keep track of which pharmacy manages each of your prescriptions, and then manage those prescriptions using one single mobile app.

All of the major pharmacy chains, like Walgreen’s, CVS, and Rite-Aid, as well as the pharmacies within stores like Walmart, Target, Costco, Stop & Shop, Safeway, and Publix, have their own proprietary apps you can download and install from the App Store. 

Within the Search field of the App Store, simply type in the same of the store that operates the pharmacy you use to find the appropriate app.

Keep in mind, there are also online-based pharmacies, like Express Scripts, that are based within the United States, and that allow you to fill your prescriptions and have them sent to you by mail. You’re able to manage your prescriptions through these pharmacies using a proprietary mobile app.

Also available from the App Store are a handful of mobile apps that allow you to learn all about the medications you take. For example, you can research potential side effects or determine potential harmful drug interactions. 

Of course, you should always consult with your pharmacist or doctor if you have questions or concerns about your prescription medications, but using a free mobile app, like WebMDor Drugs.com Medication Guide, offers an easy to use reference tools that can always be available at your fingertips.

Yet another type of app you can download and install onto your iPhone can service as a pill reminder. It’ll issue audible alarms and on-screen messages when it’s time to take your various medications. 

To find a pill reminder app, launch the App Store app, and within the Search field, type Pill Reminder. You can then scroll through several dozen apps that offer pill reminder functionality.

If you want to take a high-tech approach to keeping track of your own medications, or the medications used by loved ones, there’s a countertop device called HERO that you can rent for about $30.00 per month. It can distribute up to 10 different medications, multiple times per day. 

The unit itself will generate an audible alarm and display a message on its screen as a reminder each time a medication needs to be taken, but it also works with an iPhone, and will send a text message to your phone as well. 

If you’re responsible for someone else’s care, the HERO device will inform you if your loved one fails to take their medication on time. To learn more about the HERO, which is a pill dispensing robot that makes managing a handful of prescription medications much easier, visit the company’s website at www.HeroHealth.com.

As you can see, your iPhone offers a handful of ways to more easily manage your prescription medications. 

This is yet another way that smartphone you already own and use every day can make your life easier.

That’s it for this edition of Featured App of the Week. If you found this information useful, please tell your friends about the podcast, post a review, and don’t forget to subscribe.

I’m Jason Rich. Thanks for listening.