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"Fee" charge @ Wal-Mart pharmacy?

Today I went to get prescribed T3's @ Wal-Mart and on the receipt it says
Cost: $2.46
Fee: $9.60
Total: $12.06

Anyone know what the "fee" is?
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That's the dispensing fee that all pharmacies charge. There's no mark-up on the drug itself, so the profit just comes from the dispensing fee. They make the same $$ regardless if you have a $0.49 drug, or one that's $3000.

In Vancouver most pharmacies charge $9.60 because that's the amount the government recognizes for Pharmacare (if you're eligible). Some pharmacies like Shoppers or independents charge above that.
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Fairview Pharmacy doesn't charge this greedy fee.
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longitude wrote:
Feb 16th, 2011 12:48 pm
Fairview Pharmacy doesn't charge this greedy fee.

Hate to break it to you but all pharmacies charge a dispensing fee. If they didn't they wouldn't survive and they will die even faster with the new laws in ON!
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longitude wrote:
Feb 16th, 2011 12:48 pm
Fairview Pharmacy doesn't charge this greedy fee.
They most likely just bundle the two together on your receipt. My pharmacy currently does that.
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Costco has the most reasonable dispensing fee - about 4.50.

I think non-members can use Costco pharmacies too.

Anyhow, they should hire robots to dispense drugs :)
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setell wrote:
Feb 16th, 2011 1:40 pm
Hate to break it to you but all pharmacies charge a dispensing fee. If they didn't they wouldn't survive and they will die even faster with the new laws in ON!

I know my plan doesn't pay for dispensing fees, but I never had to pay them!

Something's wrong then.
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It was a dispensing fee.

I think Costco and I.D.A have some of the cheapest fees. The I.D.A where I live only charges $4.
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coolspot wrote:
Feb 16th, 2011 2:17 pm
Costco has the most reasonable dispensing fee - about 4.50.

I think non-members can use Costco pharmacies too.

Anyhow, they should hire robots to dispense drugs :)

$4.11 FTW!

Plus they always have 2-3 pharmacists on hand and a half dozen technicians.
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You don't know what you're getting into for going to the cheapest pharmacy. I've spoken to a pharmacist who's filled in when another was away and had to order one of the pharmacy techs to get an error corrected, which is apparently a pain because everything has to be documented and it functions like an assembly line (so everyone has to redo their work). The implication is that if errors are made, they're not usually fixed.

It's not about price. It's your health.
Anyhow, they should hire robots to dispense drugs
That's very concerning, since pharmacists are experts on medications. They know more than your doctor.
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SoroSuub1 wrote:
Feb 16th, 2011 3:25 pm
You don't know what you're getting into for going to the cheapest pharmacy. I've spoken to a pharmacist who's filled in when another was away and had to order one of the pharmacy techs to get an error corrected, which is apparently a pain because everything has to be documented and it functions like an assembly line (so everyone has to redo their work). The implication is that if errors are made, they're not usually fixed.

It's not about price. It's your health.



That's very concerning, since pharmacists are experts on medications. They know more than your doctor.

That's all BS. I've had a pharmacist at SDM give me the wrong prescription. Then they refused to take it back (I lost $100+) claiming by law they couldn't take it back. They wouldn't credit it and did nothing for me. They even charged me the dispensing fee again on the right script I had to replace it with.

I switched to Costco and asked them what happens in this case. They assured me everything in the Costco warehouse has a 100% satisfaction guarantee including prescriptions. They also agreed to order a specific brand of generic I wanted and when I'm almost out they automatically order more for me so they have it when I pick it up.

You're right it's not about price, it's your health...but more expensive is NOT always better.
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A robot (or smart vending machine) would be more knowledgeable than any pharmacist, with virtually no error, much more efficient and and very little cost.

The drug-dispensing robot is coming to Canada very soon, if legislation is changed to fast-track the change.
SoroSuub1 wrote:
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That's very concerning, since pharmacists are experts on medications. They know more than your doctor.
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M@rk wrote:
Feb 16th, 2011 8:15 am
That's the dispensing fee that all pharmacies charge. There's no mark-up on the drug itself, so the profit just comes from the dispensing fee. They make the same $$ regardless if you have a $0.49 drug, or one that's $3000.

In Vancouver most pharmacies charge $9.60 because that's the amount the government recognizes for Pharmacare (if you're eligible). Some pharmacies like Shoppers or independents charge above that.

No mark up on the drug, if you only knew there is atleast 10% mark-up on most drugs some have even more than that for some drugs. This is only for people that pay for their own perscriptions, any paid for by the government they have a max they will pay for any drug and sometimes that is even less than the cost of the drug.
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elmst200 wrote:
Feb 16th, 2011 3:54 pm
A robot (or smart vending machine) would be more knowledgeable than any pharmacist, with virtually no error, much more efficient and and very little cost.

The drug-dispensing robot is coming to Canada very soon, if legislation is changed to fast-track the change.

Who is going to monitor drug interactions, dependencies, advise elderly customers, etc? Robots will only compliment human pharmacists.
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