Deal Finder: Save on prescription drugs; Local Pharmacist Mindy Leech offers advice



Prescription drugs can be expensive, especially when treating or managing certain medical conditions. Many patients are forced to make difficult choices to afford their medications. 

To ease the financial burden of prescription drug costs, some pharmacies and companies, such as Publix pharmacies and Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Company, are offering free or discount medications. 

Patients can also save money by partnering with their local pharmacy, according to Mindy Leech, pharmacist and owner of Lee-King Pharmacy in Newnan. Learn more about ways to save on prescription drug costs.

Free Prescriptions at Publix Pharmacies

With a doctor’s prescription, patients can get certain antibiotics and blood pressure medications free of charge at Publix pharmacies. The eligible medications include: 

  • Antibiotics: amoxicillin
  • Blood pressure: lisinopril and amlodipine

For more information, contact your local Publix pharmacy.

Discount Generic Drugs

Entrepreneur Mark Cuban has launched an online pharmacy, Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Company, to improve patient access to certain generic prescription drugs. The company purchases more than 100 generic medications directly from manufacturers to substantially lower prices, according to Forbes. 

The Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Company will buy directly from third party suppliers or manufacture its own products. The company does not accept prescription insurance, which benefits uninsured patients or insured patients with high deductibles or coverage gaps in insurance. However, some patients may not benefit from the cash-only business structure or limited prescription offerings. 

For more information about the Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Company, visit

Consult with Local Pharmacists

By consulting with their local pharmacist, patients will gain financial and medical benefits, said Mindy Leech, pharmacist and owner of Lee-King Pharmacy at 18 Cavender St. in Newnan.

“Pharmacists are underutilized health care providers, and using an independent pharmacy is best in the long run,” Leech said. “We truly care about your business and will do whatever we can to keep you as a customer and keep you healthy. You are a person, not a number, to us.”

Leech offers advice on how to save on prescription drugs:

Work with a local pharmacist to get the best price. Independent pharmacists will take the time to try to get patients the best price on a medication. When patients are prescribed an expensive medication, Leech will call the patient’s doctor and ask if the physician is willing to send over a prescription for a cheaper, similar medication. 

Local pharmacists will also spend time to get coupons and can sometimes give patients cash prices that will save them money. This is especially useful to patients without prescription insurance. Cash price refers to the current price of the drug if it were purchased outside of insurance.

Ask about Medicare Part D plans. Patients who are 65 and older and going on Medicare Part D plans can ask their local pharmacist for advice on which Part D plan will be best for them. “This is often overwhelming for patients, and we can ease that stress,” Leech said.

Stay on track with preventive medications. Taking preventive medications now will often keep patients from getting stuck with expensive prescriptions down the line. Local pharmacists can remind patients when it’s time to refill their medication and reiterate the importance of taking these baseline, long-term medications to reduce long-term health care costs. 

Call your pharmacist for health-related questions. Pharmacists are often underutilized health care advocates, and independent pharmacists will make the time to answer questions and help patients feel their best. Leech encourages patients to call their pharmacist if they have questions about their health. This free consultation could help save a trip to the doctor’s office and money on health care expenses.

Seek help from drug assistance programs. Some medications, such as insulins and blood thinners, can be costly for patients. Drug assistance programs can help uninsured patients or individuals with high insurance copays. Patients who are having difficulties with high prescription drug costs should speak with their doctor. The doctor’s office staff can call a drug assistance program on the patient’s behalf. Patients might be required to complete some paperwork to qualify.

“They can sometimes get the medication for you for little to nothing,” Leech said. “Doctor’s offices sometimes also have samples.”

Stay up to date on immunizations. By staying up to date on immunizations, patients can save money on health care costs by avoiding costly illnesses. Pharmacies now offer preventative vaccines, such as pneumonia, flu, shingles and COVID vaccines, with no prescription needed.

Use generic drugs. Generic drugs have the same active ingredient as brand name drugs, but they’re usually cheaper.

Get a 90-day supply, if possible. Getting a 90-day supply of your prescription will reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy.

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