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Pharmacy Discount Programs

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Many national chain pharmacies and warehouse clubs have programs that offer generic drugs at a steep discount. Some charge as little as $4.00 for a thirty day supply.

NOTE: Do not expect the pharmacist to tell you about cost-cutting information spontaneously. Consumer Reports' secret shoppers have found that pharmacists rarely offer cost-cutting information spontaneously.

When checking out a store, note:

  • Which medications are included, and in what quantity
  • Cost (per pill)
  • Enrollment fee, if any
  • Who can participate

The following chains have programs that are worth checking out. For most of the programs, thre is no annual fee - just a deeply discounted price for generic drugs and a discount on some brand-name drugs. The list is not a complete list.

  • Costco
  • CVS (and Caremark)
  • Kmart
  • Kroger
  • Rite Aid
  • Sam's Club
  • Target
  • Walgreens
  • Walmart

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.

For similar information, see: Drug Discount Cards and Clubs

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