PORTLAND, Ore.— A KGW investigation discovered shoppers can save some huge cash on prescribed drugs by simply purchasing round.
We in contrast costs at pharmacies in the identical city and located a money worth distinction of $558 for 3 generally prescription drugs.
“It’s actually simply extraordinary how a lot of a distinction it may possibly make to buy round,” stated Jesse Ellis O’Brien of the buyer advocacy group OSPIRG.
The very best general pricing was at Walgreens, the place the three medicine added as much as $584.ninety seven. That was greater than 10 occasions the entire worth Costco quoted us, $forty two.28 for a similar three medicine.
Money worth comparability for Actos, Lipitor and Plavix at Walgreens and Costco
The bottom worth was at McCann’s Medical, an unbiased drug retailer which quoted us $26.fifty nine.
Money worth comparability for Actos, Lipitor and Plavix at Walgreens and McCann’s Medical
“A whole lot of shoppers assume that because the drug is identical drug, it might value kind of the identical all over the place. That’s actually not the case. It might differ wildly even inside a single zip code or neighborhood,” defined O’Brien.
For our check, KGW targeted on 10 totally different pharmacies within the Tigard-space, together with nationwide retailers, grocery shops and unbiased pharmacies. The drug shops have been all situated inside a roughly two-mile radius.
We referred to as these pharmacies looking for a quote for his or her “money worth” for a one-month provide of three generally prescription drugs. We all the time requested for a similar quantity of tablets and similar dosage. The medicine included the generic model of Actos, for diabetes; Lipitor, for top ldl cholesterol; and Plavix, a blood thinner.
Our investigation discovered costs quoted for a similar drug diversified extensively. Walgreens quoted $one hundred fifty.ninety nine for the generic of Lipitor in contrast with $127.forty nine at a close-by Ceremony Help, $17.39 at Bi-Mart, $thirteen.thirteen at Costco and $9.35 at McCann’s Medical.
Money worth comparisons for Lipitor
Shopper advocates say even when you have insurance coverage it is best to examine costs, though many individuals don’t.
“I simply go to at least one place often,” stated Stephanie Standing, whereas holding her younger youngster outdoors an area pharmacy.
A Shopper Stories secret-shopper investigation in December had comparable findings. Shopper Reviews referred to as greater than one hundred fifty drug shops in six main U.S. metro areas. Shopper Stories discovered shoppers could also be higher off paying money as an alternative of utilizing…