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The Cheapest dispensing fee? Any altenatives?

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The Cheapest dispensing fee? Any altenatives?

Hi,

I've got this prescription for the medication. The doctor said, it's very cheap. It's gonna be $5 or $6. But then when I went to Shoppers Drug Mart and asked about the cost, She said it's $15. Why? Because there's dispensing fee $11. It was very shocking for me since I'm fairly new to this. I've been seeing many obnoxious fees in Canada but this is by far the worst. So, I decide to check the fee at another store which is Medicine Shoppe. They said it's $13. They charge $9 for dispensing fee. I need to take this medication for 6 month but I'm not in a hurry, so I was thinking maybe I should check some other options. I'm going to the pharmacy at Food Basic but I would like to know if the dispensing fees are cheaper at grocery stores? Or, Is there any official online medication dispensary? Please let me know. Thanks.
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If you can get to a Costco (no membership required, just tell the door minder that you are using the professional services of the pharmacy), they charge $3 or so.
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I haven't looked at the dispensing fee for ages but I believe the fee at my local Costco pharmacy is $4.49

I think Walmart might be the next cheapest, or at least they were when I last looked.

You'll also just have to phone local pharmacies and ask what their dispensing fee is...
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Thanks guys. I've been a member of Costco but I didn't even know they have a pharmacy at Costco. lol
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Fortinos and Metro also had reasonable dispensing fees when I used them.
This was a very long time ago though.
Walmart and Costco for sure though.
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Sep 9, 2017
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In Winnipeg, Costco's dispensing fee is $4.49. No other pharmacy here comes close. Even reduced dispensing fees through my work plan are $10 at best.
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One other point that many people miss is that pharmacists will usually just give 30 days of a drug, I think. If your prescription has refills though you can ask for a 90 day supply and the dispense fee is still the same.
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MaxPower19 wrote:
Nov 3rd, 2018 4:17 pm
One other point that many people miss is that pharmacists will usually just give 30 days of a drug, I think. If your prescription has refills though you can ask for a 90 day supply and the dispense fee is still the same.
Wow. That's awesome. I'll do that. Thanks for the tip.
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Arva, ON
I've got my medication at Costco. Total $10 and some cents including 2 refills. The dispensing fee was $3.94. If I have bought this at Shoppers, it could have been $30. They did ask me to show my costco membership card though. I didn't like to go to Costco any more but now there's a reason. Thanks again.
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MaxPower19 wrote:
Nov 3rd, 2018 4:17 pm
One other point that many people miss is that pharmacists will usually just give 30 days of a drug, I think. If your prescription has refills though you can ask for a 90 day supply and the dispense fee is still the same.
@ludwig3 if you have no drug plan and definitely on the same drug/dosage long-term, ask your doctor if he/she will write you a 6 month Rx with 1 refill ... Costco will fill 6 months, just confirm the expiry date of the drug with them, before filling.

Only one dispensing fee for 6 months supply = even more savings at Costco !
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ludwig3 wrote:
Nov 4th, 2018 12:45 am
They did ask me to show my costco membership card though.
Costco pharmacy used to fill prescriptions for non-members, but I believe most locations don't do that anymore, you need to be a member.
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Kiraly wrote:
Nov 9th, 2018 2:58 pm
Costco pharmacy used to fill prescriptions for non-members, but I believe most locations don't do that anymore, you need to be a member.
In Winnipeg you don't have to be a Costco member to use their pharmacy.
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Kelly M wrote:
Nov 10th, 2018 8:42 pm
In Winnipeg you don't have to be a Costco member to use their pharmacy.
It's the same in BC. The law does not allow a pharmacy to restrict who it sells to.
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