iPhone app promises discounts on prescriptions

If you spend a lot of time at the pharmacy counter grousing about the high cost of medications, try the NeedyMeds drug-discount card. It's free, and it could save you money.

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No registration, no strings attached, just an easy way to potentially save money on prescriptions.

Before you make another run for the Canadian border in search of cheap meds, try flashing the NeedyMeds iPhone app at your local pharmacist.

This drug-discount card promises to save you up to 75 percent on your prescriptions. It's not insurance, but rather a free program that's available to anyone.

No, really. There's no charge for the NeedyMeds app, no charge to use it, and no registration required.

Just install it on your iPhone or iPod Touch, head to the drugstore (NeedyMeds is accepted at over 50,000 pharmacies, including all major drugstore chains, according to the organization), and see if it saves you some med money.

What happens if you already have insurance? Try NeedyMeds anyway. Depending on your deductible, it might actually cost you less. You can also use it for over-the-counter medications (if you have a doctor's prescription) and even for prescriptions for your pet.

It's worth pointing out that the app is really just a digital version of the NeedyMeds card you can print at home and stick in your wallet.

I should also mention that I have no idea if NeedyMeds works. I'm not taking anything stronger than green tea at the moment, so I haven't been able to put the program to the test.

If you have, or you have experience with other drug-discount cards, share your thoughts in the comments. Personally, I think you have nothing to lose by giving NeedyMeds a try. Tell me if I'm wrong.