Comparing Drug Prices: Finding the Cheapest Drugs Available

With health care costs on the rise, it is important to do some comparison shopping for your medications.

Drug companies are notorious for over-pricing their products, but there are some things you can do to reduce the amount of money you spend monthly on drugs. Some large chains are beginning to offer reduced rates on hundreds of generic drugs. Before you go to your local pharmacy, you might want to check around and see if your medications are on the list of discount drugs.

Wal Mart launched a program which offers hundreds of generic drugs for the low cost of $4.00 per month. You can go to their website to view a list of exactly which drugs are on the list. You can purchase these drugs even if you have no insurance. If your medications are not available for $4.00, you can print out the list and take it to your doctor to find out if any of the drugs you are taking could be appropriately switched for one on the list. Using drugs that are found on this list could save your family thousands of dollars per year and remove a large part of the financial strain caused by expensive health care.

Walgreens is another national chain that is working to lower the costs of drugs in the United States. If you join their Walgreens Prescription Savings Club, you can get over 400 generic drugs for less than $1.00 a week. If they offer the medications that you need, you can get a 90 day supply for only $12.00.

If the drugs you need are not on these lists and your doctor has advised you against changing medications, you should use the internet to find the cheapest outlets to buy your medicaitons. Sites such as Shopzilla and PharmacyChecker will let you search for the drugs you take and will present you with a list of where you can buy them and their cost at each location. Using tools such as these will help you to find your medications at the lowest price possible.

Sometimes it is possible to find your medications at a lower cost if you order them from a pharmacy in Canada, instead of purchasing them in the United States. Canadian pharmacies generally have lower prices than those inside the U.S. and many of them have websites that you can order from. If you are planning on buying your drugs from Canada, make sure that you order in plenty of time, up to a month before you run out of your prescription. Shipping and handling may take a while, and you don’t want to risk running out of your medication.