Prescription prices at Costco - Golden Retrievers : Golden Retriever Dog Forums
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-08-2011, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
Supreme Member

 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Between D.C. and Baltimore
Posts: 7,756
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 10 Post(s)
Thanks: 12,503
Thanked 9,471 Times in 4,184 Posts
Prescription prices at Costco

We have just gotten home from buying our first prescription at Costco. The experience simply made my jaw drop!

On the recommendation of our veterinary neurologist, I priced Charlie's new anti-seizure med, zonisamide, at several drug stores to have a basis for comparison. Charlie needs 240 of the 100 mg capsules of zonisamide per month. At CVS, that would run over $400! The best price I found at online pet pharmacies was over $100. The online Costco pharmacy estimate was around $75. But at the local Costco, the pharmacist priced it at $61. You don't have to be a member to fill prescriptions there, but for members the price drops to $56 with a member discount. The member discount on that prescription alone will pay for a membership in 10 months.

I am utterly amazed at the difference in prices.

And service? On a "busy" Saturday afternoon, I went straight to the pharmacy window and was helped immediately. Given the information about the member discount. I went back to the member services desk and joined, then returned to the pharmacy to give them my membership number. I'm guessing this was about 15 minutes, given the short line and the time to have our photos taken for the membership cards. The prescription was already filled and waiting for me! I sure don't have that experience at other pharmacies.

I'm going to price all of our other prescriptions there.
GoldensGirl is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-08-2011, 05:45 PM
Supreme Member
 
lgnutah's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 7,589
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Images: 4
Thanks: 421
Thanked 1,738 Times in 1,027 Posts
I don't have at Costco anywhere nearby, but found that WalMart charged on $20 for 3 months worth of Brooks thyroid medicine when it was $27 for one month at the vet.
By the way, if you have Publix near you, they actually give you some prescriptions FREE (of course you have to have a prescription). I know some generic antibiotics are included, but don't know what else.
lgnutah is offline  
post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-08-2011, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
Supreme Member

 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Between D.C. and Baltimore
Posts: 7,756
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 10 Post(s)
Thanks: 12,503
Thanked 9,471 Times in 4,184 Posts
We tried Walmart for the zonisamide. I don't remember the price, but it was way higher than Costco's. We also looked at Target, Rite Aid, Walgreen's, and Giant, among others.

Thanks for the info about Publix. There isn't one close by, but I'm sure others will be glad to have the info.

The Costco online pharmacy, though higher than the local warehouse price, was still incredibly less expensive than anyone else for zonisamide.

My limited check thus far does not show a similar bargain for the other meds used in our house, but I'll certainly price-check with Costco in the future. It may be that with our insurance, they still beat the competition.
GoldensGirl is offline  
post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-08-2011, 06:44 PM
Preeminent Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 21,260
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Images: 13
Thanks: 16,097
Thanked 19,305 Times in 8,580 Posts
You will LOVE Costco! It's soooo much better than the Sams Clubs (Walmart) in quality of merchandise. I only wish we had one closer to us. It's a 25 mile round trip to get there and back. Costco has some good long lasting produce too. Their strawberries and black seedless grapes are fabulous!
Dallas Gold is offline  
post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-08-2011, 11:20 PM
Advanced Member

 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Central Oregon
Posts: 855
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 458
Thanked 230 Times in 181 Posts
We love Costco too!

Jim

Elliot (CGC, Delta Pet Partner) and Roxy (CGC)


Dolly
June 20, 1999 - June 5, 2009
We miss you sweetheart
http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/...ictureid=10335
jimla is offline  
post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-01-2015, 08:26 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: WA state
Posts: 71
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 78
Thanked 19 Times in 16 Posts
I wonder how much it is these days? Just picked up a generic Rx if zonisamide at Fred Meyer and it was 31.00 for a month of 150mg twice a day. I bet Costco would be even cheaper!
Tiff L is offline  
post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-01-2015, 08:33 PM
Senior Member
 
GoldenMum's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: North Carolina, USA
Posts: 4,815
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 3,494
Thanked 6,330 Times in 2,652 Posts
I have used Costco for years for my puppy scripts! Most things are better, but not all!


Bonnie Boo 11/16/2000-10/12/2013
Clyde Kadiddle Hopper 9/12/2000-1/6/2014

Forever in my heart!
GoldenMum is offline  
post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-02-2015, 08:09 AM
Super Moderator

 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: NC Coast
Posts: 32,516
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Quoted: 112 Post(s)
Thanks: 37,165
Thanked 27,409 Times in 15,996 Posts
Here's a few websites where you can do a price check/comparison on prescription drugs.
I've never used them so I can't tell you how good they are, it might save you some time.

Prices, Coupons and Information - GoodRx

https://www.rxpricequotes.com/

Two phone apps-

Compare Prescription Drug Prices, We Review The Apps - Consumer Reports
CAROLINA MOM is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Bookmarks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Golden Retrievers : Golden Retriever Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome