It's bad enough that GoodRx has inundated people with ads all over the Internet, an app to download, and even getting the endorsement of intellectual giants like Dr. Oz...
...but now they're making our lives worse. People now show up with multiple prescriptions and different GoodRx billing information for each prescription.
For those of you unaware of how billing works in the pharmacy, this is the same as going to the pharmacy with a separate insurance card for each medication you have. This is an incredibly tedious and time-consuming process. And when you add in the fact that the prices told to consumers via their apps and printable coupons don't always match the price that comes back on our end (and the consequent arguing that follows) it adds even more precious time to the filling process.
Quite frankly, GoodRx is a NIGHTMARE for your pharmacy, and usually for a savings of only a few bucks... not the amazing 80% to 90% savings promised by the ads.
IN CASE YOU'VE BEEN UNDER A ROCK somewhere, let me remind you:
"Facebook admitted it knew, but didn't notify users, that political intelligence firm Cambridge Analytica had obtained data on hundreds of thousands of Facebook users without their consent." See LINK.
But what does Facebook have to do with GoodRx?
The Founders of GoodRx freely admit on their GoodRx website that they started at Facebook where they sharpened their skills on slicing up your personal data and serving it up like a steak dinner to hungry data miners.
Ask yourself, do you really believe that? You really want to trust the words of the guys trained by Zuckerberg... the guy who doesn't even trust technology himself?
And while you're trying to convince yourself that GoodRx doesn't use or store your private personal information, ask yourself why would they make a statement like this?
Recently I had a patient wanting to use a GoodRx coupon to save an amazing $3 on a prescription. When I informed him about all of this, he immediately backed off and decided to stay the hell away from this crap. The more I tell people the link between Facebook and GoodRx and the wholesale privacy invasion, they rethink using GoodRx. Your company may be stupid enough to accept GoodRx, but you're certainly free to tell your patients the truth so they can make an informed decision.
Don't let GoodRx secretly take away your patient's privacy, compromise patient safety, and ruin your bottom line. TELL PEOPLE THE TRUTH. Tell them what's really happening.
Crazy RxMan has written SEVERAL blog posts on Not-so-GoodRx. See them here.