SOME SOLUTIONS TO THE HIGH
COST OF MEDICATIONS
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 meds such as benazepril and atenolol for $4, and a three-month supply is $10. Their list of $4 meds is easily available at WalMart.com. Costco.com 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, and please bear with us because it seems so unbelievable: In Oct 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 GoodRx.com 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 GoodRx.com 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.