I have purchased the exact medication from 2 differnt suppliers with a price difference of over 100.00$ per script. Why & How can this be possible or even legal??The pharmacies were only 4 blocks from one another. I called several locations in the same city only to get several different quotes on the identical medication.
This is one reason I tell my patients to shop around when they cash pay for drugs. Pharmacies purchase from middle men warehouses and suppliers. These middle men negotiate for prices and the prices can depend on a few things. Some generics are cheaper than others, also pharmacies that are chains and purchase in mass quantities can get cheaper prices and can pass savings on to the consumer (but some may not). Pharmacies like WalMart (nobody has buying power like Wal Mart) often will offer lower priced drugs, many for $4. They can do this because they buy such mass quantities all over the world. Pharmaceuticals are commerce, just like any other product for sale. When you get a prescription, you should call around for the best price. Call the pharmacy and tell them the name of the medication, the strength of the medication and the quantity of pills and have them quote the price. Go to the pharmacy with the cheapest price to get the prescription filled. Dont forget that stores like Costco and Sam's Club will allow you to use their pharmacies without having to be a member (and you may get substantial savings this way)-you just tell them at the door that you are there for pharmacy only. It pays to shop around in this case. You would think the price of a pill should be one price but this is not the case. Even within one pharmacy, say Walgreens or wherever, many times you will pay less per pill when buying a higher quantity than you do paying for a smaller quantity so it often pays to buy a 90 day supply rather than a 30 day supply, if you can afford to do so.
Pharmacies are businesses and we still have free enterprise. They can sell their products at any price they want. What brings that down is competition, and people refusing to pay the higher price.
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