I plan this to be a thread where inexpensive or more affordable health care options are listed for those without health insurance coverage or simply those who want to save versus high deductibles, etc. This is JUST for getting/listing cheap alternatives for everyone. Absolutely no politics. Take that stuff to the Podium!
With all of the programs below, always check to see the price of your medicine with and without using your insurance. Your co-pay may be more or less than the prices you can get using the programs.
Walmart Inexpensive Medication List - This is the program I'm most familiar with right now and refer patients to as it is very straightforward with no membership fees:
Most of these are $4/month or $10 for three months, and a lot of the most common meds are included:
Which programs are still active?
It's not all bad news. Even though many pharmacies have discontinued their membership programs, some are still active.
Sam's Club: Sam's Plus members can receive hundreds of generic medications at $4 or $10 for a 30-day supply, and five select prescriptions for free. Membership is $100 annually, and does not require prescription drug insurance. Sign up online, or enroll at your nearest Sam's Club Pharmacy.
Walgreens: The Walgreens Prescriptions Savings Club is the most robust discount program on the market at the moment. Members can get over 50 medications for as little as $5 for up to a 30-day supply, and can also receive discounts on vitamins, birth control, diabetic supplies, and lifestyle medications. Annual membership is $20 for individuals or $35 for families. Sign up online or enroll at your nearest Walgreens Pharmacy.
Rite Aid: The Rite Aid Rx Savings Program offers a selection of generic medications at $9.99 for a 30-day supply and $15.99 for a 90-day supply. Membership is free, but required. Enroll at your nearest Rite Aid Pharmacy.
Walmart: Walmart offers a selection of generic medications at $4 for a 30-day supply and $10 for a 90-day supply. They also provide home delivery and discounts on oral contraceptives and men's health medications. No membership is required for this program
Price Chopper: The Price Chopper RxAdvantEdge Program offers select generic drugs at $9.99 for 100 tablets, as well as savings on allergy medications, antibiotics, and vitamins. Membership is free, but required. Enroll at your nearest Price Chopper Pharmacy.
Winn-Dixie: The Winn-Dixie Perks Program offers a selection of generic drugs at $4 for a 30-day supply and $10 for a 90-day supply, as well as select antibiotics for free. Membership is $5 annually per person. Sign up online or enroll at your nearest Winn-Dixie Pharmacy.
H-E-B: The H-E-B Rewards Platinum Program offers select generic medications at $4, $8, or $12 for a 30-day supply. There is no membership fee. Enroll at your nearest H-E-B Pharmacy.
Publix: Publix's "Next Best Thing To Free" Program offers a 90-day supply for select generic medications for only $7.50. Publix also has a free medication program for select blood pressure medications, diabetes medications, and antibiotics. No membership is required for this program.
HyVee: The HyVee $4 Generics Program offers select generic drugs at $4 for a 30-day supply and $10 for a 90-day supply. No membership is required for this program.
Why do I need GoodRx?
Prescription drug prices are not regulated. The cost of a prescription may differ by more than $100 between pharmacies across the street from each other!
Insurance isn't helping like it used to. In the past 10 years, insurance companies started passing 25-80% more of the cost of drugs onto patients.
Illustration of person on the street looking for a pharmacy
How can GoodRx help me?
GoodRx gathers current prices and discounts to help you find the lowest cost pharmacy for your prescriptions. The average GoodRx customer saves $355 a year on their prescriptions.
GoodRx is 100% free. No personal information required.
Basically, you enter the med you're looking for and the website finds the best price and provides you a coupon.
This is a similar program to GoodRx where you enter your med in and it searches for the best price and gives you coupons. It has an app you can download, too, though I haven't checked it out. Prices may be even better than GoodRx. Thanks freshsqueezed for the addition!
Costco also has a program, though I haven't been able to pull up prices specifically for them: