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Compare pharmacy prices

Updated March 23, 2017

Many people do not conduct pharmacy price comparisons. However, the price of a particular drug can vary considerably between online pharmacies, brick-and-mortar pharmacies, discount chain stores, Canadian pharmacies and even mail-order pharmacies. Read on to learn how to compare pharmacy prices from a number of different sources.

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  1. PharmacyChecker.com and Destination Rx (www.drx.com) are good resources to compare a number of online pharmacies such as drugstore.com, canadadrugs.com, medsforless.com, Blueskydrugs.com, walmart.com, and costco.com. Click on the drug you are interested in or type the drug name into the search engine box listed. Click on the dosage you are interested in purchasing. The result will be a chart that will provide the list of prices, applicable shipping fees, estimated shipping time and more.

  2. Compare brick-and-mortar pharmacies. You can do this by calling some of your local pharmacies to inquire about the price of a particular medication.

  3. Check to see whether your state has a drug comparison website. Check a search engine for "your state drug comparison website." Below are a few that might be helpful if you live in one of the states listed. Florida - www.myfloridarx.com/ Indiana - www.rxforindiana.org New York - www.nyagrx.org Maryland - www.oag.state.md.us/Drugprices/index.htm Minnesota - www.minnesotarxconnect.com Michigan - www.michigan.gov/mdch Ohio - www.agrx.ag.state.oh.us/secured/landing.aspx New Hampshire - www.egov.nh.gov/medicine-cabinet New Jersey - www.njdrugprices.nj.gov/ New Mexico - www.ago.state.nm.us Vermont - www.atg.state.vt.us/display.php?smod=185 Washington - www.rx.wa.gov *West Virginia - www.wvagrx.com

  4. Log onto Rxaminer.com. This website can tell you whether there is a generic version of your drug as well as provide a comparison on generic and nongeneric prices.

  5. Review mail-order prescription costs. Call your health insurance company and ask them about the details of their mail-order prescription price plan. Some insurance companies will provide a three-month supply of a medication for the cost of a two-month supply.

  6. Tip

    While comparing pharmacy prices, keep in mind that some pharmacies offer discounts, reward cards, gift tokens, fuel perks and other incentives to have your prescription filled from them. According to Consumer Reports, brand drugs are almost always less expensive from Canada than from the U.S., but generic drugs are not. There are also drug assistance programs run by pharmaceutical companies. Check with your doctor if you need help paying for your prescriptions or review RxAssist at http://www.rxassist.org/.

    Warning

    If ordering prescriptions from outside the country, Consumer Reports recommends sticking with Canadian websites that have been inspected and certified. Minnesota RxConnect provides a good resource to research Canadian drug prices. Additionally, be sure that the Canadian website is certified by the Canadian International Pharmacy Association (www.ciparx.ca). Price is only one consideration when comparing pharmacy prices. Your relationship with your pharmacist as well as having all your medication through one pharmacy to more easily monitor drug interactions is also another important consideration.

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Things You'll Need

  • Internet access
  • Prescription drug name

About the Author

Elizabeth Jean began writing professionally in 2000. She focuses her writing on tutorials and topics about health, nutrition, computers and Internet, personal finance and business. She writes healthy living, lifestyle and nutrition articles for various websites. Jean holds a Master of Business Administration and a cum laude Bachelor of Science in business administration, both from Duquesne University.

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