I got a prescription filled last month at the local store of the world’s largest retailer, you know who I am talking about. It is a prescription for generic Ambien, a sleep aid called Zolpidim (which, for my use, is great stuff). The world’s largest retailer charged me $50.78 for 30, 10mg pills. When I told my doctor this, she nearly fainted and told me that that prescription should cost less than half of that.
When it came time to get it filled this month, I did some shopping and was simply shocked at what I found. How is this for a price comparison for an identical prescription in Mineola, Texas:
- World’s Largest Retailer – $50.78
- Medicine Chest Pharmacy – $20.37
- Kelly Drug – $10
So I guess the lesson here is that the national guys are not always cheaper. Their service isn’t any better, or worse for that matter, than a locally-owned business. So the next time you need a prescription, don’t listen to the million dollar TV ads and default to going where you are programmed to think you are going to get the best deal. Spend a minute or two comparing and you might just realize that the best deal is right here at home at your locally-owned pharmacy. After all, someone has to pay for those million-dollar TV ads. So many times the perception is that the national chains buy in huge quantity so their prices are always lower. Maybe so on socks, maybe not. Certainly not on prescription drugs, not this particular prescription anyway.
Kelly Drug Store
125 East Broad Street
Mineola, TX 75773-2001
This is not a paid endorsement. I have no connection with any of the businesses listed in this article other than being a consumer. Consult your doctor before taking any drug. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children. Look both ways before crossing the street.