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Comparison shopping for blood thinners saves member $140 a month

Pharmacist helps analyze cost-saving medication options to ensure user can choose wisely.

There are certain conditions that may not interfere with your everyday routine but, once you have them, stick with you for life. The day Faye* found out the ache in her leg was due to acute deep vein thrombosis (DVT), commonly known as a blood clot, her life got more complicated—medically speaking.

Medication savings

While Faye was in no pressing danger, DVT can be life-threatening without proper intervention and precautions, including taking an anticoagulant, or blood thinner, to reduce and eliminate the existing clot and prevent future clots from forming. Faye’s hematologist prescribed her Pradaxa, a brand name version of Dabigatran, a blood thinner to take twice a day.

Faye used MedSavvy’s medicine cabinet feature to upload this new medication where she could see that it would cost her $180 each month out-of-pocket to fill. Using this feature also allowed Faye to compare prices of other blood thinners and see price by pharmacy location, so she requested a pharmacist review to provide guidance on which medication to choose. 

The pharmacist identified two similar, lower-cost medications preferred by Faye’s health plan that would only cost her $40 per month, saving her $140 every month. Moreover, once Faye finalized her blood thinner choice in her medicine cabinet, she was signed up to receive alert emails from the pharmacists on recalls, additional savings opportunities, and safety alerts.

Having DVT as a part of your health history and being on blood thinners can each have a major impact on future medical care. Any potential surgeries, care that can cause hormonal changes, and prescription interactions will require extra monitoring which makes Faye even more grateful she has access to her Rx records online via MedSavvy. 

 

"Being able to see prescription price differences is eye-opening but I’m not a medical expert and can’t always know if the cheaper option will work as well. That’s why I’m thankful to also have a pharmacist I can trust to review and make recommendations that will save me money and keep me healthy." - Faye

 

Our expert pharmacists are readily available to help patients and physicians navigate and find prescription alternatives that are lower cost, safe, and just as effective.

 

About MedSavvy: 

MedSavvy is a unique and innovative health benefit that helps Medicare Members save on medication costs, while improving health and therefore productivity. MedSavvy provides members with online access to medication costs, quality, and side effects in side-by-side comparisons. Additionally, our team of pharmacists* provide online consultations and grade medications using a rigorous evidence-based system. MedSavvy integrates with your existing pharmacy benefit plan as well, and the costs are customized to your health plan and location! 

MedSavvy®  grades how well drugs work.  

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If you need help finding the right medication for you or want to see if there is an equally effective, cheaper alternative, you can always reach out to a MedSavvy pharmacist through our Ask A Pharmacist feature. 

*Name has been changed to protect the identity of the patient. 

**Pharmacy and pharmacist services are provided by JourniRx, Inc. (a licensed pharmacy).