One of the most common excuses I hear patients make why they choose a chain drug store vs an independent pharmacy is “The chains have lower prices”. We conducted a small sample survey in October 2013 to see if this was true. We called various chain drug stores and asked them what their prices would be for someone without insurance for a diverse medication list.
Here are the results:
“How could this be” you ask? “Dr. Ike must be getting his drugs from Syria or Zimbabwe!” Well, we order our drugs from the same wholesaler that Walgreens and Kaiser use. So how do you explain this discrepancy? If a medication cost is $5, how much would YOU charge?