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Drugs: How To Save Money When Buying Or Using

Local Pharmacies Including Hospitals

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  • A study in New York City found that local independent drug stores were less expensive than chain stores.
  • Price differences between two pharmacies on the same block can be substantial. Different stores in the same chain may charge different prices. When comparing prices, go to local chain and independent stores, and check the internet.
  • If you are under the care of a hospital-based doctor, are being treated at a hospital clinic, or belong to a health organization that has a pharmacy, you may be able to purchase drugs from the hospital or organization pharmacy at a discount.
  • Store brands for common over-the-counter drugs may be substantially less than brand name or generic drugs. 

NOTE: It you purchase different drugs from different pharmacies, be sure that at least one pharmacy has a list of all the medications you take, including over-the-counter medications. The entire list is important to check for negative interactions.

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