Managing Prescription Discount Programs Across the Health Care Ecosystem

Session Description:

Pharmaceutical manufacturer coupons and pharmacy network discount cards (e.g., GoodRx) provide patients with the opportunity to save money on prescriptions. Applied at the point of sale, these discount cards often insulate patients from higher copay costs incurred when using higher priced brand name drugs, and even when using generic drugs in the case of pharmacy network discount cards. However, this discount comes at a cost to the health care system by increasing overall health care spending and drug costs to payers and health plans, including disruptions in formulary management and to patients themselves, through increases in premiums and copayments.

Questions remain about the most ideal way to utilize and implement these discount programs. This session will focus on pharmacy network discount cards, identify the implications of their utilization across the health care ecosystem, and share tactics to help payers manage these programs while balancing their drug use management program

Learning Objectives:

At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
  • Describe the current utilization of prescription drug coupons and pharmacy network discount cards.
  • Discuss the cost and quality implications of pharmacy network discount cards to payers, health care organizations, providers, pharmacists, and patients.
  • Summarize new tactics to appropriately use pharmacy network discount cards and decrease the financial burden to patients and payers.


Young Fried, PharmD, MSP
Cheif Pharmacy Officer
Cigna Pharmacy Integrated Medical
Eden Prairie, MN

Christina Polomoff, PharmD, BCACP, BCGP
Assistant Clinical Professor & Population Health Clinical Pharmacist
University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy & Hartford HealthCare Integrated Care Partners
Wethersfield, CT

Schedule of Educational Activity:

This activity consists of an audio recording, pre-test assessment questions (not required to pass or continue), post-test questions (required to pass with a score of 70% or higher) and a specific activity evaluation.


The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

ACPE UAN:0233-0000-21-021-H04-P • Activity Type: Knowledge-Based
Contact Hours: 1
Release Date: May 5, 2021 •  Expiration Date: December 31, 2022
Activity Fee: $15 for members and $30 for non-members.

Participants should claim continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit for this home study activity only if they have not claimed credit for the live activity presented at AMCP 2021 Virtual.CPE credit will be processed through the AMCP Learn portal and reported directly to CPE Monitor. Please allow 72 hours for processing and posting in your NABP account.

To receive credit for an online activity you must:

  • Review the full content of the activity.
  • Successfully complete the post-test (required to pass with a score of 70% or higher, it may be taken a maximum of three times).
  • Complete a specific activity evaluation.

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Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE UAN #0233-0000-21-021-H04-P 1 Contact Hour April 16, 2021 - December 31, 2022