“A national price study conducted by Consumer Reports and led by Tod Marks showed just how widely prices can vary on the same drugs in pharmacies throughout the country. The survey found that the prices of four particular prescription drugs can vary by as much as $340, and up to $100 even within individual chains of stores! Of all the drug-store chains, Costco proved to be the cheapest, Marks said.”
That’s a huge variation in pricing. It reflects the fact that U.S.consumers are not accustomed to comparison shopping for prescription drugs — and drugstores certainly don’t make it easy to do so. Believe me, if consumers routinely shopped around when buying drugs, you’d see a leveling of pricing across the board.
Until that day comes, Marks advises consumers to comparison shop by checking prices on the Web, and says that prices online are almost always cheaper than at brick-and-mortar pharmacies. Consumer Reports editor Steven Findlay also recommends purchasing drugs from Canadian pharmacies.
Read the report and watch the TV interview with Marks here.36