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Pharmacy Drug Cost Comparison Tool [BC]

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Pharmacy Drug Cost Comparison Tool [BC]

Came across this really valuable tool written up in the paper and had to try it out.

Pacific Blue Cross "Pharmacy Compass" http://www.pharmacycompass.ca/

Generally speaking I found costco to be only about 65% of the cost of say Walmart or Superstore.
Independent druggists were even costlier, charging a higher dispensing fee and cost per pill.

For comparison I found the cost per pill to be the differentiator, but you can see the difference in the
dispensing fee as well.

Costco - $4.49
RCSS - $9.99
Walmart $10
Pharmasave $10.50

and some as high as $11.50

Check it out and save yourself some money. I have two prescriptions I take semi regularily, and the cost between Costco and the next cheapest was about $30 for one and $15 for another.
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Can you use the costco pharmacy without a membership?
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Thanked OP. I know Costco is a lot cheaper for the dispensing fee. But most of the time I have to go to the nearest store ASAP to get a one time prescription for my children to save the time and gas.
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Yes. If they stop you at the entrance, just let them know you're heading to the pharmacy.
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setTopbox wrote:
Dec 4th, 2012 2:43 am
Can you use the costco pharmacy without a membership?
Yes, they have to let you by law.

Funny, the site didn't list Costco when I did searches in GVR......... Hmmm......
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sandy_beach wrote:
Dec 4th, 2012 2:36 pm
Yes, they have to let you by law.

Funny, the site didn't list Costco when I did searches in GVR......... Hmmm......
It depends on what drug you are searching (or which generic variant) and if a blue cross person has purchased that prescription in the past 3 months. That's how they gather the data for these comparisons.
It's not 100% clear by using the tool but if you read the about or FAQ you'll understand the implications.
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I guess if I didn't have drug coverage, I would go to Costco for my prescriptions because it would be the most cost-effective. I like paying with my credit card and getting the rewards points, and I know I can't do that at Costco (I don't have AmEx). It's also not the most convenient location either because the location in our city is practically out of town.
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Please put BC in your thread title.

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High-pressure discount pharmacies like Costco and Walmart are more prone to errors (which defeats the purpose of a pharmacy!). Also, note that for at least Ontario readers, your pharmacy does not mark up the price of the medicine. You get what you pay for! ;)
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