Got a great tip on this evening’s news about prescription drug prices. Try GoodRx.com (or their mobile app) to compare prescription prices in your area. I’d never heard of the site, which apparently has been in business about a year, and immediately went there to check some of my drug prices. I could save only a dollar or two if I drove farther than my local supermarket’s pharmacy. Not enough to warrant the drive and inconvenience of going elsewhere, but it was reassuring to see I’m getting competitive prices.
Always check the prices on a new prescription. Try to get generics instead of brand names. And look to see if a different quantity would be cheaper (say, 90 instead of 30). One of my biggest savings, mentioned on the GoodRx page, is splitting pills where possible. With one of my prescriptions, I save 50% by buying double the strength I need and cutting them in half. You’ll need to check with your doctor before doing any of these things.
I couldn’t help noticing several of the drugs appeared to be ridiculously overpriced (double or triple the local average) at Walgreen’s. Glad I haven’t been shopping there! Check it out and let me know what you find. Is Walgreen’s overpriced in your area? Or is some other chain conspicuously out of line?