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Best priced pharmacy

I have always gotten medication from CVS because it's closest to my home, but I feel like they're way overpriced, even with my insurance. CVS and Walmart are the only pharmacies in network with my insurance and I've been doing some research; according to a website (don't know how reliable it is), my particular prescriptions are cheaper at Walmart than CVS.

I'm thinking about switching but it would complicate things a bit. At my PM doctor, we have a contract that all of our narcotic medications must be filled at the same pharmacy. I'm worried about them not having my medication if I switch. Do any of you use Walmart pharmacy? And know first hand if it's significantly cheaper than CVS? Advice and feedback is appreciated, cheers!


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    Different state pharmacies have different price schedules.

    It is the insurance companies that dictate how much they will pay for a given prescription (generic vs non-generic) But then it is also the individual pharmacy that decides on how much to charge for a specific medication.

    I can only use Connecticut and New York as examples. I will take two prescription medications to try to illustrate. I have actually used these pharmacies to fill the prescriptions. All the time, I was with the same Insurance company.

    Oxycodone IR 5mg tablets - count 180

    • CVS - $5.50
      Walgreens - $12.00
      Rite-Aid - $15.00
    Voltaren Gel 1%

    • CVS - $25
      Walgreens - $37
      Rite-Aid - $30
    Doesn't make a lot of sense does it?

    I have also come across some doctor's practices, pain management centers, etc that dictate what pharmacy you must use. I personally have never run into this, but I have a friend that is in that situation

    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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