At PharmSaver we want you to get the best deal possible, but we understand that sometimes you can’t switch NDC’s. No problem! Check out these easy ways to shop for your NDC specific products from more than a dozen different wholesalers!
Do you have an automated packaging and dispensing system? What an incredibly efficient and time saving device. It can do the work of multiple technicians in a fraction of the time. One of the biggest headaches about some of these machines though, is the need to refill your cassettes with specific NDCs. Otherwise, your final product is labeled with the wrong information or the cassette breaks and the machine gets clogged because the product used to refill it isn’t the same size or shape as the correct drug right? We have four ways to help you navigate this issue and still get the best deal.
To begin, it's important to make sure that your account settings reflect matching by NDC.
▪By clicking on My Account in the top right corner of the PharmSaver screen you will see a drop down.
▪Next click Manage Account.
▪Scroll to the section titled Pharmacy Best Price Ordering.
▪In the drop down next to Match Order you will want to select Match by NDC and then set any remaining parameters that you have not already set or make any changes.
▪Don’t forget to save at the bottom of the screen. You can update these options at any time.
Now that your account is set for Match by NDC you can get started searching all of those NDC specific items.
PharmSaver is the only online service that lets you directly upload a primary wholesaler purchase order. This unique tool is useful in more ways than one. For the purposes of this blog, let's focus on how you can use it to add multiple NDC specific items that you have ordered from your primary wholesaler to your PharmSaver cart and take advantage of our other incredible cost saving features like Cart Genie. Like we mentioned above it’s important that your account settings are set up for Match by NDC. Once you upload your PO from your primary the NDC specific items that we are able to save you money on that fit within your selected parameters will automatically be added to your cart. Easy peasy. If you need a reminder about how PO Upload works click here. Get Started with PO Upload
This second example can be done regardless of account settings. So, you can use it any time. On the order screen do a search for the NDC number you are looking for. It will show you results for that specific NDC along with other comparable options for different manufacturers. Need to narrow your search a bit more? You can either remove the first few digits leaving only the last 6, or copy your NDC into the text box at the top of the NDC Column and hit enter. Now you will see only results for your exact search and you will see what wholesaler has the deal you’re looking for.
Chances are you have a list of multiple products that you need to order on a consistent basis that need to be NDC Specific. So typing in and searching for each item individually really gets old. EZ Entry is an innovative option that allows you to enter your NDC, Price, and Qty and then have the items added to your cart or to your Watch List. We’ll talk about the awesome benefits of your Watch List below. Check out this previous Blog post for a refresher on EZ Entry. Pharmsaver 2020 Q2 Newsletter
Our Quick Cart function can be used in two incredibly helpful ways. The primary way being its ability to provide you with a quick and easily accessible cart. By creating customized lists you can add items to pre-prepared shopping carts that stay saved on your account and are ready to load into your actual shopping cart whenever you are ready. Here’s the link to the 2021 Q3 blog post where we go into more detail. Pharmsaver 2021 Q3 Newsletter
The second way Quick Cart is an amazing tool is by giving you the option to create a Watch List. A Watch List is a certain kind of Quick Cart that allows you to set alerts for specific items that you want to keep an eye on for availability and/or price. By adding these items to your Watch List and setting a pricing parameter we will alert you when that particular product is available at or below the price you’ve indicated. You can learn more in the 2020 Q2 blog post. Click here. Pharmsaver 2020 Q2 Newsletter
Now that we’ve gone over all the ways that we can add NDC specific items to your cart, let's talk about the easy money saving features that are available when you review your cart.
As you know with PO Upload, EZ Entry, and Quick Cart; the items that you add that meet the savings parameters you’ve set will be added to carts for the wholesalers with the best price. Since you’ve selected to keep your NDC’s the same they will not be updated to GPI matches. So, let’s talk about things to keep an eye open for.
▪Pkg Size - Because these items have been added based on the exact NDC it’s a good idea to consider that a change in package size might save you a significant amount. If you see this indicator button it’s letting you know there is a better price on a package size change available. Clicking the button will allow you to see all package size options available and what savings they will offer.
▪Reimb Alert - This flag is designed to let you know that this product has a Negative Margin possible. This drug exceeds reimbursement MAC price where other clinically identical products may be available. This indicator is the only prospective reimbursement tool on the market. Making it an incredibly valuable resource. So, although you may have initially planned to order this product NDC specific, it might be worth considering a GPI switch.
▪or save wx.yz% for $**.**- When you hover over this useful little guy it’s gonna let you know that BIG savings have been found with one or more GPI matches. When you have NDC specific items in your cart it’s tough to make a switch sometimes. We get that, but we also know that there are instances that make it worth the move (like a negative reimbursement). So, this tool helps you to see not only what percentage savings you could take advantage of, but what that looks like in dollars, for that item, in real time at a glance.
▪or save wx.yz% for $500.00- When you see the same link highlighted in red it’s definitely worth paying attention to. These items have GPI matches that could save you more than $500!
Pharmacy automation can be an amazing and efficient tool for a pharmacy, but like any tool it’s only as helpful as the user wielding it. Automate smart, and let PharmSaver help you make sure you’re getting the products you need at the best price available. We hope that you find these tips useful. If you have any questions or would like a virtual walkthrough of any of these features you are more than welcome to contact us and we will happily schedule a video chat. You can find all of our contact information by clicking the “Contact Us” link at the bottom of this page and you can find us by searching PharmSaver on social media. Happy Shopping!
Did you test out one of our new enhancements or tech tips? Let us know what you think. Have ideas about what you’d like to see? Let us know. We’re here to make your ordering experience as efficient as possible. So, we value your input. We already have some new features in the works because of feedback we received from clients. If you enjoy using PharmSaver and it saves you time and money consider giving us a reference. We love hearing from you! You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with "testimonial" in the subject or you can reach us at the “Contact Us” link at the bottom of this page and we'll get back to you pronto. Thanks!