Both patients and practitioners frequently ask about the cost of Effer-K®. Because the pharmacy determines price and insurance coverage varies, consumer cost has been a difficult question to answer.
Now, however, thanks to the state drug card programs, we can provide a more accurate price for Effer-K®. Each state has a discount drug card program that is available to anyone at no cost. All you have to do is go on-line, prove you are a resident of the state and print off your discount drug card. When you bring your state discount drug card to the participating pharmacy (Walgreens, CVS, Kmart and many others), you receive discounts on many medications, Effer-K® being one of them.
The customer service rep for the Alaska drug card offered this explanation regarding how the card works.
“Our card will discount prescription medications that ARE NOT covered by your insurance plan, or if you have no insurance. You have the option at any time to use our card in lieu of your insurance; however, they cannot be used together. If your medication is not covered by your insurance, or for some reason you choose to not use your insurance (i.e. high deductibles, gap periods, etc.) you will tell your pharmacist to run our card as the primary.”
We visited every state drug card program and found the price of a 30 tablet supply of Effer-K® with the discount drug card to be:
Effer-K 10 mEq $15 – $18
Effer-K 20 mEq $18 – $20
Effer-K 25 mEq $8 – $11
In most cases, purchasing a 90 day supply reduced the cost even more.