BBB advises caution before using discount prescription cards

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - You may have received one in the mail, a discount prescription card offering you cheaper medication. While the card isn't a scam, you might not get what you think out of it.

Filling a prescription can be an expensive, recurring errand. Companies target people interested in saving money.

"It's nothing new," said Heather Clary, Communications Director for Better Business Bureau. "It's just a newer version of it, it seems."

The latest round of discount or coupon cards comes from a company called Uniscript. They are free and offer up to 75 percent on all prescription medication and promise not to sell any of your personal information. The Better Business Bureau wants people to know that they may not get what they think the cards offer.

"The best thing for people to do is check at the pharmacy they use," said Clary. "If they want to try this out, present the card, see what kind of discount, if any, they can realize on the prescription they are putting in as opposed to what coverage they are on."

You may be wondering what's in it for the company sending the cards. They are only paid from the pharmaceutical company, only when a claim is processed.

C & C Pharmacy in Lexington has never accepted these types of cards because the pharmacy's prices are already competitive and there's a concern over the legitimacy of them. According to the BBB, there's no reason to believe the cards aren't legitimate. Pharmacist Chris Palutis just wants people to be careful.

"My advice is just read all over the fine print and make sure you know what you are signing up for," said Palutis, C & C Pharmacy owner.

If you have any questions about anything you get in the mail, contact the Better Business Bureau.

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