fred’s Pharmacy Customers Talk About Consulting with the Pharmacist to Find the Best Medicare Part D Plans for Their Prescription and Financial Needs

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MEMPHIS, Tenn., Nov. 28, 2017 — fred's Pharmacy customers have discovered the value of talking with their fred's pharmacist about Medicare Part D plans.

Maryanne Callis, from Henderson, Tenn., has been on Medicare for 6 years. Her husband and 96-year-old mother are also enrolled and rely on her to help them choose Part D plans. “I'm the caretaker and make the decisions about plans for all of us,” Callis said. “I'm not an insurance person, and these plans can be hard to understand.” To get clear information she consults with Jan Morris, pharmacist at the Henderson fred's Pharmacy, each year during open enrollment. “I enter the Callis' medications into the computer, then provide them with the three best plan options based on their preferences,” Morris explained.

“Once she finds good plans for our needs, Jan gives me easy-to-read information and goes over each one,” said Callis. “Some years we don't switch, but talking with Jan helps me make the right decisions. You have to be careful when you're on a fixed income and have multiple medications.”

Brenda Middleton, from nearby Finger, Tenn., also consults with Jan during open enrollment on plans for herself and her husband. Like Callis, she finds that the plans can be difficult to understand. “fred's Pharmacy knows the plans a lot better than we do, and Jan did research for us to find the one that best met our budget and covered the medications we need.” Middleton also likes what she calls the personal touch at fred's Pharmacy. “We have five pharmacies near our home. We picked fred's for their friendliness and how hard they try to help people.”

fred's Pharmacy reminds enrollees that Medicare Part D Open Enrollment ends December 7, but there's still time to get a free consultation with an expert—a trusted pharmacist—on Medicare Part D plans. Because plans change from year to year, the open enrollment period is a good time for people to evaluate options available in 2018 and change plans if another one better suits their needs.

The following tips will help enrollees prepare for a pharmacist consultation about Medicare Part D plan options:

  • Make a list of all prescriptions.
  • Determine your budget. Is it more important to keep monthly premiums down, but pay more for prescriptions? Or would it be better to pay a higher fixed monthly cost with lower co-pays?
  • Don't wait until the last minute.
  • Visit http://www.fredsmeds.com/prescription-center/medicare-information/ to view fred's Medicare Part D resources on the web.

About fred's Pharmacy
Tracing its history back to an original store in Coldwater, Mississippi, opened in 1947, today fred's, Inc. is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, and operates 601 general merchandise and pharmacy stores, including 14 franchised locations, and three specialty pharmacy-only locations. With a unique store format and strategy that combines the best elements of a value-focused retailer with a healthcare-focused drug store, fred's stores offer more than 12,000 frequently purchased items that address the everyday needs of its customers and patients. This includes nationally recognized brands, proprietary fred's label products, and a full range of value-priced selections. The Company has two distribution centers, one in Memphis, Tennessee, and Dublin, Georgia. For more information about fred's Pharmacy, visit www.fredsinc.com.

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