Ask the Pharmacist: Jan/Feb 2021

Q I have prescription insurance, but I still pay so much for my
medications. Why is this and why does the price seem to
change every time I get a refill?
A Prescription insurance has become increasingly complex.
It used to be that you had two copays: one for brand and
another for generic. Now, the plans may have up to five
tiers! The lowest is preferred generics, and then comes the non-preferred
generics, preferred brands, non-preferred brands, and finally,
the most expensive, “specialty” drugs.