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Drugs: How To Save Money When Buying Or Using

How To Shop For The Lowest Drug Price

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Drug prices are not standardized. In fact, you may be surprised by how different prices can be from different suppliers. The only way to find out about the drugs you take is to compare the various available sources which are described in other sections of this article.

Internet and mail order prices are generally less than local pharmacies -- but not always, so do your homework -- and consider doing it again every 6 months.

Internet prices: One web site which compares online prices is: http://www.pharmacychecker.com/ offsite link

Local drug store prices: One web site and app which helps you compare prices at local pharmacies for free is GoodRx offsite link. (GoodRx also offers free deep discount coupons when available). GoodRx was founded by veterans of Facebook and Yahoo.  Also see www.WeR offsite linkx.org.

Big box stores such as Walmart and Target offer drugs at a lower price. They also charge a minimal price such as $4 for a 30 day supply of many generic prescription drugs.

Every six months, it is advisable to repeat the process to compare the total cost for your drugs with other means of purchasing them. A few minutes of phone calls or typing on the computer keyboard can save you a lot of money.

NOTE: If the web sites mentioned above do not include all your options or a drug you are considering, we provide a chart to help make price comparisons. See How To Compare Prices -- A Chart.


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