Monday, December 10, 2007

Bet You Didn't Know: #1 Warehouse Club Buy

And you don't need a membership!

If prescription drug costs are breaking your bank, a trip to the warehouse club may be just what the doctor ordered. Prices there routinely beat those of mainstream pharmacies by more than 50%, says Gabriel Levitt, vice president of research for, a site that rates online pharmacies. Warehouse club deals are often even lower than Wal-Mart and Target, both of which made news this year by offering 30-day supplies of generic prescription medications for just $4.

Let's say you need to fill a prescription for 20mg of Lisinopril, a popular generic blood-pressure medication. At Costco, you'll pay $10 for 100 pills, whereas a 90-count bottle would cost you $38.90 at CVS and $12 at Wal-Mart or Target. Considering the price per pill, you'd save anywhere from 25% to 77%, by heading to the warehouse.

Better yet, federal law stipulates that you don't need a club membership to access the pharmacy counter. That includes purchases of prescription eyewear and contact lenses, where available. You will, however, need a membership to purchase over-the-counter meds.

1 comment:

  1. Where did you get your information that federal law states you don't need a membership?