Blink Health is a health app and website designed to offer discount prescription medication pricing to patients in the U.S. It was launched in 2016 after a beta test in the fall of 2015. Press releases at the time the app was launched claim that 50% of the medications Blink offers are $10 or less.
To access Blink’s discounts, patients sign up and purchase their medications through the app via credit card. A voucher is then generated that patients can print or load on their smartphone. The voucher can be taken to their pharmacy where the medication is filled for no additional cost. This process requires the user to enter personal information such as name, phone number, and birthdate as well as credit card data.
There is no fee for the Blink service which states it can be used at major pharmacies such as Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, and Walmart as well as most independent pharmacies. Blink vouchers can be used by uninsured patients or those with private insurance.
Blink Health allows users to search for their medications by generic or brand name.
Lisinopril was found on a search by generic name, but sitagliptin could only be found by searching for its brand name, Januvia, suggesting the database may be organized according to generic availability. Users may search for drugs and prices without logging in, but must create an account in order to access and pay for the vouchers. There is a password required for the account, but it’s unclear if the app offers any additional protections from unauthorized purchases.
Once the medication is found in the app, users may select specific dose and quantity needed.
Some commonly prescribed drugs like hydrochlorothiazide (Microzide) and atorvastatin (Lipitor) are listed automatically in the app for easy access. The price for Lipitor represents a significant difference in price at Walgreens where a 30-day supply of atorvastatin 80 mg is $162.99.
However, the app price for hydrochlorothiazide is more than it would be at Walmart where the drug is on the list of $4 prescriptions. Also, Blink Health only offers this pricing for the 12.5 mg dose. No other doses are available for this particular medication.
Patients can save to a My Medications list though there’s no obvious way to delete drugs from the list. The app keeps a transaction history and a wallet where $5 is loaded upon setting up an account to go towards the user’s first purchase. Patients can also earn a $10 reward for referring friends through social media, email, or text.
Blink Health also offers a provider mode where clinicians can search for drug prices without generating a voucher.
- Offers significant savings for some specific medications
- One price for each medication regardless of pharmacy used
- Many medications or dosages not included
- Prices for some generics may be similar or less at pharmacies with $4 medication lists
- Patients without insurance may find significant savings with some drugs using this app but may find similar pricing through the pharmacy.
- There’s a very commercial feel to the app with earning rewards dollars that makes it seem inappropriate for something as delicate as medical information.
- Loading personal health information and credit card info makes the app and website a more interesting target for hackers.
- Overall Score
- User Interface
Easy to use on the phone or iPad. Not able to verify pricing info without calling or going to the pharmacy.
- Multimedia Usage
No specific multimedia features.
- Real World Applicability
Limited range of medications covered and pricing not always better than standard pharmacy pricing.
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