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Old 06-10-2014, 09:32 PM   #1
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The prescription medication adventure continues!

And so it continues...

Today I took my medication bottle and visited all five of my area pharmacies to try to get a bead on what this medication will cost me since I hit a dead end via the Internet.

What an education!!!

In addition to my region's mom-and-pop drug retailers, I also stopped at nationally recognized chain stores. Walgreen's was a huge disappointment in that they gave me an extremely hard time and nearly refused to give me any kind of dollar figure. After being tenacious, they finally quoted a figure of $449.00 for a 90-day fill. If I wanted to pay an annual fee, the cost would be a bit lower. Sheesh!

CVS, Rite-Aid, Wal-Mart and Kroger were very helpful and didn't hesitate to aid me in my quest. The prices quoted from them ranged from $80.00 to $340.00, again for a 90-day supply.

The surprise was the only mom-and-pop pharmacy...$45.00 for 90 tablets!!!! What?!

All the pharmacies I've listed are essentially the only ones available to us within a 75-mile radius, so my research has gone as far as I can take it. The only one I haven't checked yet is Sam's which is a bit of a distance and a place I don't go to very often, but I'll compare their price just to complete my search. As it turns out, I'll be near them tomorrow.

Hmmm? Guess where I'll do my business? I have a feeling it will be the nice mom-and-pop store.

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Old 06-10-2014, 09:48 PM   #2
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I'm glad you found a reasonable price for your med, Katie.
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Old 06-11-2014, 12:41 AM   #3
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Wow...what a difference in prices! I too am glad your sleuthing paid off.
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Not to be a downer, but was the mom-n-pop place giving you the commercially manufactured medication or a compounded one (i.e. one they make themselves)? Just be sure what you are getting since there is such a price difference.
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That's wonderful, Katie! Persistence pays off!
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Old 06-11-2014, 09:12 AM   #6
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Not to be a downer, but was the mom-n-pop place giving you the commercially manufactured medication or a compounded one (i.e. one they make themselves)? Just be sure what you are getting since there is such a price difference.
No, not compounded by them. I watched as the pharmacist took the bottle off the shelf to check it to be certain it was the medication I needed. It was the real deal. Good point, though, because there are those that do compound medications.
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Wow...what a difference in prices! I too am glad your sleuthing paid off.
I was absolutely stunned at the differences in prices. It'll be interesting to see what they say when I stop at Sam's today. Hmmmm.....
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Katie, when I lived in Everett, we had a small local Prescription Shoppe (their spelling). They held on through the Walgreen's, Brooks, and two other chain pharmacies. When the chain stores came to town, a lot of the local folk stayed with the small Shoppe. And a lot of folks changed over to them when chain after chain kept changing hands. When one chain closed, all their scripts went to another branch in a town two cities away. As a result, that little Shoppe today is thriving and healthy. Only one chain remains in Everett today.
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I tried the application I found on Needy Meds. It was the site for Phizer, the maker of Relpax.
We could not meet the income limits. Otherwise it would have been free.

Katie. Have you tried Needy Meds web site?

The mom and pop shops price is the same as Relpax's co-pay before they removed it from the formulary.
Looks like you found the right place!

I am going to do the same. Shop it!
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No, not compounded by them. I watched as the pharmacist took the bottle off the shelf to check it to be certain it was the medication I needed. It was the real deal. Good point, though, because there are those that do compound medications.
Do you know where the drugs were manufactured? Would the Mom/Pop people show you the bottle?
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