Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Are You Getting Ripped off by Your Pharmacy? It Pays to Shop Around


In these tough economic times many Americans are losing their health insurance along with their jobs.  Others are desperately trying to hold onto what they have. Everyone is looking for ways to cut cost and save money. When it comes to pharmaceuticals it pays to shop around, and surprisingly you may find savings in the least expected place, your local pharmacy.  The price difference can be substantial.

I recently saved $63.00 on two prescription drugs I bought at Union Discount Drugs in Union Mississippi.  Their price, $54.00., was a much better bargain than the $117 dollars Walgreen's Pharmacy wanted to charge me.  

According to Robin Bauer, owner of Union Discount Drugs, “Chain drug stores always have gimmicks like five or ten dollars off certain prescriptions, coupons, whatever it takes to get you in their store.  However, if you buy a prescription from them that is not on the gimmick list, they often charge you 2 to 3 times the price you would pay at our store. Some chain stores have a list of generic medications that you can get for $4.  We can usually match that too.”

Another way consumers get the short end of the stick, on their pharmacy needs, is their co-pay.  If you are shopping at Walgreens, find out what the cost of your medicine is before you go to get it filled.  If you have a $35 dollar co-pay, and your medicine is only $5 dollars, Walgreens is going to charge you the $35 dollars, I know, I've been there and done that.

"If they have a co-pay, and their prescription is only $5 dollars, I'm not even going to run their card through, says Bauer, "I'm just going to charge them the $5 dollars."

We have let big corporations take over America, and sell us the lie that they are cheaper, when in actuality your biggest savings may be right at your hometown store, and the good news doesn't stop there.

“Another service you won’t find at a chain drug store is pick up and delivery of your prescriptions. We provide this free service to most of our customers in Meridian, Newton, and Neshoba counties.  When Union Discount Drugs says, “WE DELIVER”, they mean it. 

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