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Trackrig

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Over time there has been several postings asking where to fill perscriptions while traveling. The attached news story says that Costco is one of the cheapest places. While they aren't located everywhere, and you do have to pay to be a member, they are in a lot of locations.

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I get mine at Sam's, probably as many of them as Costco's and you can also get them filled at walmarts since they can hook up to the computer system. and you do NOT have to belong to Sam's to get Rxs filled there.
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Recently (less than 2 weeks ago) I did a pricing comparison here in central Alberta on three prescriptions. The comparison was done on a 30 unit refill for precisely the same drug. I have not bothered to provide per unit costs in this analysis. The resulting prices are gross, before any "benefit plan contribution". Please note that none of the vendors included were "independent" with perhaps the exception of Shoppers Drug Mart. However, with the buying group affiliations, such as Rexall, there is likely no significant variance in the pricing range from those below. Shoppers probably fall into this category. The results follow:

SavOnFoods $92.86

WAL-MART $102.86

SAFEWAY $105.00

SHOPPERS DRUG $112.98

COSTCO $74.67

I have in the past done a price comparison with several mail-order pharmacies but that exercise simply convinced me not to have anything to do with this option. Long delivery time, what looked to be significant out of stock issues and no real opportunity to talk to a pharmacist. And as far as the prices were concerned, they were somewhere between SavOnFoods and Wal-Mart above.

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Trackrig wrote:

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Over time there has been several postings asking where to fill perscriptions while traveling. The attached news story says that Costco is one of the cheapest places. While they aren't located everywhere, and you do have to pay to be a member, they are in a lot of locations.

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You do NOT have to be a member to use either Costco or Sam's Club pharmacy. All you do is tell the door greeter you are going to the Pharmacy and they are required by law to allow you in and can NOT charge you any more than they do their members. This information came from our DD, a Pharmacist....


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IMHO you need to be prudent where these cheap generic drugs are made. Many if not all are made in Pakistan and China to name a few of the countries.

I checked the labels of 6 generic medications a family member had bought from Walmart and all of them were made in Pakistan. That is why they are so cheap. You may not die from them but they have no quality control to assure dosage, variances and impurities. Just saying.

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Its my understanding that you do not have to be a COSTCO member to use the COSTCO pharmacy.


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The only pharmacy on your list that is everywere is Wal-Mart. If you're traveling, That would be one requirement.
There is also Walgreens, but I don't if they are everywere.


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I worked as a pharmceutical executive for 35 years and ALL pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities that make/sell product for USA MUST have FDA approval, techniques and documentation including testing of Active Pharmceutical Ingredients, sterility where necessary and final product assays. We imported Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients from Hungary and their plant and ours in Canada required regular FDA inspections as we sold brand name, and generic products in the USA. The big difference in selling price is volume and dispensing fees.

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Regarding the linked article, the prices quoted were cash prices, meaning a usual and customary price not using your insurance. What many people do not understand is that if you have prescription insurance, the price will be the same wherever you go, unless your plan has a preferred pharmacy contract.

I work at a CVS, so we see this often (usually right after a news report about the price of drugs)
We rarely actually sell anything at the cash price, because there are several discount programs we can use to save the customer some money if they have no insurance.

But, if you do have insurance coverage, most of the time that copay will be less than any discount card offer. The exception to that is the discount vouchers that brand name manufacturers will offer to keep you from switching to a less expensive drug, which can be combined with most insurances.

Sorry for the long post, just trying to help folks understand...


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Google FDA, Pakistan, China and all the recalls on the imported drugs on the 'few' they do check. And then google the deaths incurred by the ones they were 'forced' to test after the fact.

It's not hype, you have to be prudent. Carries in the drugs differ and are perfectly legal to change. There is plenty of information regarding the efficacy of generic drugs from overseas. To they put all the ingredients in required for import by the US, yes. Do they manufacture it according to US standards no. Contaminated FDA product recalls prove that.

I started learning about all of this after my doctor prescribed a generic version which I too was very excited to pay less only to have it cause complications. They would like you to believe that they are 100% the same and they are not. FDA and competent doctors will tell you that. I am very glad I found a doctor that was.

My post was just an FYI from someone who was affected and now knowledgeable. If anything find out where your meds are made and go to the FDA website and research it and check it regularly. Most do not make the news.

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