Americans spent more than $200 billion on prescription drugs last year, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.  We all have a stake in helping to manage costs.

If you use prescription drugs, here are some things you can do to help manage cost:

Compare Drug Prices

Drug prices can vary from drug to drug and pharmacy to pharmacy. Here are some shopping tips:

Know your plan's list of preferred drugs

You get the best value when you use medications that are on your plan's preferred drug list (formulary), the list of drugs approved by Medica's independent review team. It's a good idea to print a copy to take with you to a doctor appointment.
View the list on

Check out 3-month supply options

Some plans offer programs that allow you to obtain a 3-month supply of medications at your local pharmacy or a mail order pharmacy – saving you time and money.
Learn more on

Call around

Pharmacies can offer different prices for medications. Depending on your pharmacy benefit plan, you may be able to reduce your share of the cost by simply picking up the phone. Try calling two or three pharmacies in your area and ask them what the medication you have been prescribed will cost. Some pharmacies will match a competitor's lower price.

Compare prices online

Find cost estimates for hundreds of medications. Medica's online tool allows you to compare the cost of brand-name drugs with the generic alternative(s).
Look up a cost estimate

Save money with generic drugs

Learn how you can buy select generic drugs for $4.

Click "Choose generic drugs" tab

Other Helpful Resources

Need help locating a provider in your Medica plan's network?

  • Use Medica's online directory
  • Call Medica Customer Service (The phone number is on your Medica member ID card)

Questions about your benefits?

  • Check out the Benefits & Coverage section on
  • Call Medica Customer Service (The phone number is listed on your Medica member ID card)

Looking for answers to questions about your health?

  • Check out the Health & Wellness Center on
  • Contact Medica CallLink® nurse line. Registered nurses are available 24/7.
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