PharmacyChecker experts answer consumer questions related to affording lower-cost, prescription medications.
We help people afford the medication they need by verifying online pharmacies and comparing their prices. Drug prices are out of control. Americans face the highest medication prices in the world. That's why millions of Americans choose to buy medication from other countries.
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Tod Cooperman, MD
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Dr. Tod Cooperman is a noted researcher, writer, and speaker on consumer healthcare issues.
Gabriel Levitt, MA
President and Co-Founder
Mr. Levitt oversees all business operations, development and research. He is a public advocate for prescription drug affordability.
Shivam Patel, PharmD, BSPS, RPh
Director of Pharmacy Verification and Information
Dr. Patel provides expert knowledge regarding safe pharmacy practice, quality assurance, drug safety, and patient access to affordable medication.
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If you are considering purchasing medication from outside the U.S., be aware that, in most circumstances, it is technically not legal for individuals to import prescription drugs; however, U.S. government officials have stated that individuals who order non-controlled prescription drugs from Canada or other foreign sources (up to a three-month supply) for their own use are not being pursued or prosecuted.
How can I get help paying for medication in Florida?
Many people nationwide are suffering from shocking increases in their prescription medication bills. We're here to help! PharmacyChecker has investigated and found a few options that are helping Floridians today.
Florida Local Drug Price Comparisons
Floridians can compare prices among local pharmacies using PharmacyChecker.com. Search for your medication on our website. The search box is at the upper righthand corner of this screen. Select your prescribed drug strength and scroll to the bottom of the price page. There, enter your ZIP Code to find the discounts available in your area. When you choose a pharmacy, just click "Print Card for This Pharmacy" and you are ready to obtain your discount at the local pharmacy.
A recently passed Florida Prescription Drug Pricing Transparency law now requires pharmacists to inform customers if the out-of-pocket costs of their medicines are lower than their co-pays or co-insurance. That law defangs pharmacy benefit company "gag" rules that are used to prevent a pharmacist from informing you of your cheapest option at the counter.
Read our Ask PharmacyChecker answer: What exactly are pharmacy gag rules? How can I get around them?
More Florida Drug Savings Options
We found a few options for savings in the Sunshine State that may help patients save big.
• Florida Drug Savings Card — You and your family have access to this Florida-wide Prescription Assistance Program (PAP). All Floridians are eligible to get pharmacy discounts that may provide savings on prescriptions not covered by your health insurance or Medicare Part D. The program may also be used instead of your insurance coverage when it offers greater savings than your co-pay, which is the case more often than you think!
• Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) — Florida families with uninsured children can receive health insurance through CHIP. To qualify, a child must be age 18 or younger, a Florida resident and a U.S citizen or legal permanent resident. The citizenship or immigration status of the parents does not affect the children's eligibility and is not reported on the application form. The program provides great benefits: regular checkups, dental care and prescription medication coverage.
• Florida Kid Care —This is the state's children's health insurance program for uninsured children under age 19. It includes four different parts, or programs: MediKids, Healthy Kids, Children's Medical Services and Medicaid. When applying, Florida KidCare will check which program your child may be eligible for based on age and family income. Coverage includes: Doctor visits, Check-ups and shots, Hospital Surgery, Prescriptions, Emergencies, Vision and hearing, Dental, and Mental health.
Verified Online Pharmacies
Floridians can often save around 90% by shopping internationally. Millions of Americans order their medication online each year. Since 2003, PharmacyChecker has been helping Floridians find the lowest drug prices online from licensed pharmacies in Canada and other countries. We provide a list of online pharmacies verified by PharmacyChecker with the lowest drug prices that meet critical safety standards to protect patient health when buying medication online. You can also compare prices among those online pharmacies on PharmacyChecker.com!