Depending on your co-pay it may be cost effective to buy some medications (especially ones that are available generically) with cash. For example, Wal-Mart offers a one-month supply of many common blood pressure medications such as benazepril and atenolol for $4, and a three-month supply is $10. Their list of $4 medications is easily available at is not far behind: they offer an even greater variety at very good prices, and we’re told you don’t even have to be a member to use their pharmacy.

It pays to shop around. Here’s a recent example about the unbelievably high cost of medications: In October 2016 ninety tablets of generic Crestor was $883 at a local Walgreens, $796 at King Soopers and $60.63 at Costco.

Online services such as can save you money on name-brand medicine. For example, in January 2017 ten capsules of the flu medication TamiFlu was around $135, but with a coupon from it was $37.91, an out-of-pocket cost that was significantly less than the typical insurance co-pay.

We’ve heard Canadian pharmacies can be legit and a great value. Ninety tablets of brand name Synthroid 100 micrograms cost about $125 at local pharmacies, including Costco, but just $30 from a Canadian pharmacy. Ask your doctor about the pros and cons of this alternative.

Canadian pharmacies carry generics that aren’t available in the United States. A single tablet of Viagra 100 mg is $57 at Costco. A Canadian pharmacy sells the same brand name product for $15. And a generic, manufactured in the UK? Three dollars.


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