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Viagra prescription prices (along with other similar drugs) are way over priced.

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So what's new.

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fedguy said:   Viagra prescription prices (along with other similar drugs) are way over priced.
A lack of... stiff competition?

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I prefer Costco pharmacy as they have better price

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how do you think they get the money to pay for all the "have nots"in this country and the ones waltzing in every min of every day !!remember free stuff is only free to the ones receiving it...

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tallyhophant said:   how do you think they get the money to pay for all the "have nots"in this country and the ones waltzing in every min of every day !!remember free stuff is only free to the ones receiving it...
  Huh? If you can't pay for a prescription, CVS won't give it to you. They're not a hospital and don't give out free meds to poor people. Did you really not know that?

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actually they do under numerous Gubment programs,,,

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My experience is with Rite Aid but they are "guilty" of the same behavior too.

You will be charged whatever price is negotiated with the PBM of your health plan. Problem is when you have a high deductible plan and have to meet your deductible before being charged the co-pay.

If you ask them, they will run other pricing scenarios (no insurance or other available discounts).

 

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I think this is a case of not running other scenarios rather than malice. I've seen the price problem at Smith's (Kroger) but the pharmacist did know to see what it came up with no insurance.

The drug in question was in the lowest tier, all drugs in that class had a $5 copay. The cash price was a bit over $4.

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LorenPechtel said:   I think this is a case of not running other scenarios rather than malice. I've seen the price problem at Smith's (Kroger) but the pharmacist did know to see what it came up with no insurance.

The drug in question was in the lowest tier, all drugs in that class had a $5 copay. The cash price was a bit over $4.

  I just got back from the Kroger. My son has hard to control seizures so we are always trying new meds. Luckily our Kroger manager stepped in, I was quoted $323 with insurance and $12.13 cash! He said Kroger prices matches Costco cash price. Obviously I took the cash price but why do I pay $1600 a month a month for insurance.
Until my son had seizures 2 years ago. most everything was a $10 copay so I didn't twice. The drug that had the most crazy price difference was klonopin generic. $9.19 cash at Costco or Kroger, but CVS 98.88 and Rite Aid $124.99, now CVS and Rite Aid only charge the $10 copay but I pressed the pharmacist why they charged the insurance so much, got lots of odd answers. Most common one was that they dispense drugs made in USA and Costco uses India and China?

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If this is too long read last paragraph!

I had a prescription for generic flexeral ( cycobenaprine?) and CVS also wanted to charge me more on my insurance than any other store and could get it at Walmart for $4.00. They made me come there 3 times because the doc accidentally wrote the prescription for less than a month (which makes it more expensive CVS said). I had my doc write it for the usual month and asked CVS to call me when ready. They never even processed the up date from my doctor 3 days earlier when I got there and still wanted to charge me $15. I said no way. CVS said could charge up to $45. on this Tier 2 Genetic prescription from AARP. Medicare HMO plan I pay monthly for as they up'd the tier and pricing since I last checked. I always paid cash and just 4.00 everywhere. Since I knew the prices elsewhere and GoodRX.com they were willing to negotiate with me a lower price.
So is this what then future holds? The Insurance companies getting away with paying little $ because they raise our copays higher and add more Tiers, Then You have to know the best price for your prescription in advance, even if your feeling really sick, or you will probably be ripped off from the people behind the counter!

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canoeguy1 said:   
  Huh? If you can't pay for a prescription, CVS won't give it to you.


Wrongo, if you are a Med i Caid recipient, you say, "I cannot afford my co-pay this month" and then cashier presses a button and gives you your prescription meds without you paying a 1˘.

Prescription is free at CVS. For OTC, you need to pay in a store or go to an ER for free.

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PBMs are the real culprit here.

See here: http://www.ncpa.co/pdf/PBM-Storybook-6pg.pdf

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