Paying for groceries or paying for prescription medications? It’s a heartbreaking choice many Newfoundland and Labrador residents face every month.
“There are always patients who have trouble paying for their prescriptions, and sometimes that means they’re not taking their medications as prescribed, or they’re not following up on their refills,” says St. John’s pharmacist Aaron Hall. “It’s very hard to see someone who needs medication potentially go without because of the cost.”
But Hall is hopeful this is about to change for many of his patients. The Prescription Shoppe is the first pharmacy in Newfoundland and Labrador to partner with Genrus United — membership-based buying group dedicated to making prescription drugs more affordable for Canadians.
SAVE MONEY ON PRESCRIPTIONS
One in five Canadians does not have a drug plan, which means paying full price for prescription medications can be a huge monthly expense. But Genrus United members save up to 80 per cent on most drugs associated with age-related and chronic health conditions — like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart health, asthma, reflux and Type II diabetes, as well as medications for birth control and mental health.
Genrus United is a simple, convenient and trusted way to get the prescriptions you need — for less. For example, a patient with Type 2 diabetes may pay $89 for a 30-day supply of Atorvastatin, Ramipril, Metformin and Gabapentin, while the same medications would cost just $34 through Genrus United — and that’s including the low monthly membership fee.
“Genrus United was created to help the nearly eight million Canadians who don’t have drug plans and are looking to stretch their dollars further,” explains Genrus United chief operating officer Dwayne Boudreau. “This isn’t insurance. We’re simply leveraging buying power to access lower costs because we believe affordable medication should be available to all Canadians.”
AFFORDABLE MEDICATION FOR ALL CANADIANS
A Genrus United membership costs $7.95 monthly or $79 annually, and the average member saves $392 per year. Anyone is welcome to join and take advantage of the group-buy savings. There are no health, age or income questions.
Genrus United partners with independent pharmacies, like the Prescription Shoppe, so new Genrus United members in the St. John’s area simply come into the Prescription Shoppe and agree to share their patient file — a smooth process that takes just a few minutes and doesn’t require the patient talking to their old pharmacy.
“People sometimes think that switching pharmacies might be a hassle, but it’s very straightforward,” assures Hall. “We take care of everything for them, and it’s all finished within 5-10 minutes.”
Genrus United is already helping thousands of patients across Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Alberta. While the Prescription Shoppe in St. John’s is Genrus United’s first partner in Newfoundland and Labrador, more pharmacy partnerships are expected as interest in the program grows.
To celebrate its launch in Newfoundland and Labrador, Genrus United is giving 100 six-month memberships for FREE to people who would like to save money on their prescription medications. Hall believes that once patients see how much they’re saving, they’ll realize it’s well worth paying the low membership fee after their free trial wraps up.
He also thinks patients who usually visit an impersonal big-box pharmacy will find it refreshing to experience the personalized care and attention (and free delivery) of a locally-owned independent pharmacy like the Prescription Shoppe.
“Larger pharmacies can sometimes feel like more of an assembly line, but we’re a small staff — all very focused on patient care,” says Hall. “We know our patients personally, and we treat everyone like family here.”
Ready to start saving money on prescription medication? Visit genrusunited.ca/st-johns-launch to sign up or learn more.