Sites offer relief for those paying high prices for prescription drugs

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (WIVB) — Jon Jablonski deals with constant pain after complications from a surgery led to a pinched Sciatic nerve.

That prescription for nerve pain costs him $462 every month.

Now, two websites and smartphone apps promise to shake up the prescription drug industry and get people like Jablonski the lowest price.

GoodRx is constantly collecting drug prices at pharmacies from around the country. Punch in your prescription and it connects customers to coupons that you take to your local pharmacy.

Another site, Blink Health, gets drug prices straight from the drug maker. Customers pay online, then pick up the prescription.

University of Minnesota professor Stephen Schondelmeyer has studied the rising cost of prescription drugs for decades. He tells patients it’s never a bad idea to look around for a better deal.

But, he believes savings on these types of sites are often exaggerated.

Jablonski tried out Blink Health, where he was able to save $50 on a 30-day supply of Lyrica.

On GoodRx, the same drugs were found for $382 with an online coupon. That’s $81 less than the regular price.

Jablonski will now be checking both sites before he buys.

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