DISCOUNT GENERIC PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION PROGRAMS
Below are links to various discount generic prescription medication programs based on one of Dr. Nguyen’s posts.
In 2006, Walmart launched a discounted generic prescriptions program offering 30-day supplies of select medications for only $4. Since then, other retail pharmacies have implemented similar programs with the goal of providing affordable medications to patients who must pay out-of-pocket. Under these programs, it may cost less to pay for certain medications using your own money than to pay for the cost of the co-pay for the same medication under a health insurance plan.
Some of these programs include:
- Albertsons: $10 one time enrollment fee that includes all members of household. Albertsons Rx-tra Savings offers 30-day supply for $4.99 and 90-day supply for $10.99.
- Costco: No enrollment fee to use the pharmacy services. Prices vary by medication and can be as low as $5.69 for 30-day supply, $6.20 for 50-day supply, and $7.21 for 100-day supply of 500 mg of metformin. Prices are generally around the $6 range for a 30-day supply for common generics and can vary slightly based on dose.
- CVS: $15 annually per person to enroll in the CVS/pharmacy Health Savings Pass which grants access to 90-day supplies of select generic prescriptions for $11.99.
- K-Mart: $10 annual enrollment per person/household for the Kmart Pharmacy Prescription Savings Club, which offers 30-day supply for $5 and a 90-day supply starting at $10.
- Ralphs: No annual fee. $4 for 30-day supply and $10 for 90-day supply.
- Rite-Aid: No annual fee. The Rite-Aid Rx Savings Program offers 30-day supply for $9.99 and 90-day supply for $15.99.
- Sams Club: No annual fee. $4 for 30-day supply and $10 for $90-day supply. This discounted program is administered in collaboration with Walmart.
- Target: No annual fee. $4 for 30-day supply and $10 for 90-day supply.
- Walgreens: $20 annual fee for individuals or $35 for families for the Walgreen Prescription Savings Club. Medications are divided into 3 tiers. 30-day supply is $5 for tier 1, $10 for tier 2, and $15 for tier 3. 90-day-supply are $10 for tier 1, $20 for tier 2, and $30 for tier 3.
- Walmart: No annual fee. $4 for 30-day supply and $10 for $90-day supply.
Because these programs do not all offer the same medications at a discount, remember to check with the individual program to find what works best for you. Keep in mind that Albertsons, K-Mart, Rite-Aid, and Walgreens specifically mention that patients receiving publicly funded healthcare programs are not eligible to participate in their programs. Please consult with your local retail pharmacist for details.
*Prices reflect data obtain from the individual websites on 4/24/2013. Please let Dr. Nguyen know if there are any changes.