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But first we all know it pays to shop around but did -- know the same is true when you're buying.
Prescription drugs a new investigation by consumer reports found prices for drugs very wide like.
It all depends -- -- For instance take a look at this the typical monthly refill of the generic version of Lipitor that's the cholesterol drug you know about.
Well -- -- seventeen bucks at Pasco and 68 dollars at Wal-Mart.
At a national drugstore chain like Friday they'll set -- back a 134 dollars and take a look at CBS according to consumer reports.
You'll be charged a 150 dollars there.
That's a total difference of -- 133 dollars between the highest and the lowest price for exactly the same medicine.
The bottom line is if you don't comparison -- you could be -- a lot more even for generics with us now Lisa -- a prescription drugs editor consumer reports.
Who put the investigation together thanks for coming on the -- -- -- it why didn't prices vary so much.
You know in every store the pharmacy operates as a different kind of business so the pharmacy sometimes generate a lot of money and that's for their cash cows are.
At other times the pharmacy is really just meant to draw people and can get them to buy other stuff.
You can kind of see that you know in the case of Costco cost goes there they're trying to really just pull people -- -- -- -- pharmacies still does well revenue and profit wise to try to get it.
It really -- the real price to different -- -- folks to different example here a drug called act -- At -- cost a 101 bucks at Wal-Mart a 160 Rite Aid to 86.
CBS 295 it seems to me that most of us have no idea at these price differences exist and you know we -- -- we were absolutely stunned we had 200 secret shoppers calling all around the United States.
Asking all these different prices and we were absolutely shocked to find these differences -- -- -- use secret shoppers I love that.
You know how you solve this problem can you haggle over prices you won't believe that as our number one tip after all of this happen we came out and say look.
Not only are people not getting the lowest price -- when we called we asked all the all the different prices we concede that they weren't even getting us.
The best possible discount so we had a call back asking for the discount from occasions.
People are used to -- we know who description -- -- a nineteenth century -- had everything right but this is the way it -- and actually in some cases.
Being able hagel might get get the price down so low it's actually cheaper than your co pay.
And that's where you really start why not savings -- over -- -- -- you kidding me out I would you know I'd hit a perfect example is generic -- a pro seven dollars at Costco.
Most people's generic co pay is about ten dollars so you know three dollars and selling a lot on the surface but over the course of the year.
We're no longer the -- that -- you know it's interesting the way you put that it's a lot of people take.
For example Lipitor for their entire lives right.
So you have to bring this cost down what other ways can you bring the cost of living is all the stories that we looked -- have some kind of discount generic drug program.
They usually call like a four dollar a month or ten dollar and for three months.
We don't know why but they don't always offered them even -- what they're they're they care and they haven't they covered just a tremendous number of generic you may not see the sign no should ask for right.
The pharmacist -- not even offer it so be sure to ask is this the lowest -- Give any other discount programs that I can.
Be a part of -- -- that I thought your story that I thought was interesting is if she says thirty day windows they often offered the best deal on a thirty day.
Prescription correct actually think nine do you really want now for three months if you get a prescription for.
Three months at a time you're gonna save paying those two extra co -- And you also probably gonna get a better deal -- always be sure to ask.
Hey can I -- in fact Phyllis for three months can -- -- a -- Any other advice please have just keep asking B should ask your doctor to if you're on -- medication to prescribe something of his.
Because there are lots optionally are hurt not only wonder I don't have -- Thanks for coming on it's a great story people should check it out in this month's consumer reports thank you.
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