Yes, ABC News reported tonight that a generic form of Lipitor ranged from $15 to $149 for the same number of pills. All the drug stores were in the same locality. They recommended that you shop around prices before getting your prescriptions filled.
There are a number of pharmacies that Medicare recommends to use that have lower prices and are chains. I do know that Target has lower prices for people who do not have insurance. Costco does as well. On one of my meds it ranged from $1800 to $1200 per month at Costco. Yet problems with some of these places is that their hours are limited and may be difficult to get to. I do agree that shopping around makes perfect sense. A few phone calls is all it takes. chains are good to check but the local mom and pop pharmacy may match whatever you find at the big chains. Happy shopping! Karen
That happens entirely too much, and has been like that ever since I can remember, since I began taking long-term medications over a decade ago! When I began taking medications on a regular basis, I didn't have health insurance, didn't for years in fact, so I had to call around to all the different pharmacies in town to find the cheapest ones for each prescription. Sometimes I had to get different prescriptions filled at different pharmacies because one pharmacy would have the cheapest price for one medication, but another pharmacy would have the lowest price of another medication I'd be taking at the same time, and the price difference was noticeable enough that I'd have to get it filled at a different pharmacy.
It's TOTALLY discriminatory against people who are low-income, have no health insurance but make JUST too much to get Medicaid (I get public assistance and have had to go to the social services office too many times to count, and too many times I've heard people talking about how they made $1, once I even heard something like $0.50, too much in the duration of A WHOLE ENTIRE YEAR, too much to qualify for whatever they just happened to be applying for. NO JOKE, God's honest truth! And I was told that this really happens when I asked a social worker at social services about this one time. It's just... it should be illegal. They should add a $500, or even just a $100, yearly income "cushion" for applicants, so something like that can't happen! That extra yearly dollar DOES NOT mean that they can magically afford whatever benefit they're applying for, ESPECIALLY health insurance, with the ridiculous cost of it, even when offered by an employer, the copay the employers have to pay out for premiums is just INSANE for too many people!) so they have to pay for their prescriptions out of their own pockets, and can't afford their own cars so they rely on their local pharmacy. People in this category usually don't have the time, resources, or both, to go to a pharmacy clear across town to get their medications for the lowest price in town. These places are clearly taking advantage of those who are lower income, and also older people, who can't get around town very well. And also the disabled. I mean seriously, it's clear as day that that's what these places are doing! I consider myself extremely lucky right now that I now have Medicaid, considering the amount of medications I'm on and the retail, out of pocket, prices of my medications. I take Vyvanse which costs $221 a month, and I was on Duragesic fentanyl patches, which without my insurance would cost $2000 a month! I don't even know how much all my other prescriptions would cost out of pocket, though I imagine they wouldn't be very cheap, except for maybe my prednisone, and MAYBE the nortriptyline, too. Maybe one of these days I'll look around and see how much the out of pocket cost for ALL of my prescriptions are, and then add them all up and see how much I would need to pay out of pocket if I didn't have insurance. This is what's really great about the Medicaid expansion, though. Those people who previously couldn't get it because they made $1 too much for the whole entire year can now get the health insurance they so desperately need! This is also why you see so many senior citizens going over the Canadian border to get their prescriptions filled!
I definitely recommend calling around to get the best price. It is a little easier where I live because there are at least 6 pharmacies in a few blocks direction from me but for people who live in rural areas, it is a little harder but dont forget to try grocery store pharmacies, Walmart, Target, etc. and many will match or beat prices. I used to call on the phone and ask the pharmacies for a price check. You tell them the name of the drug, the strength and quantity prescribed and they will give you a price right over the phone. Honestly, if you can afford it, it is often better to try to get a 90 day supply (have your doc write for 90 days, not 30 days and two refills) because a lot of times, the larger quantity you buy the cheaper it is. You would think price would be "per pill" but it is not. Often 100 pills is almost as cheap or cheaper than 30.
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