Discount Generic Prescription Medication Programs

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.

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