Last year Walgreens agreed to buy more than 1,900 Rite Aid stores and three distribution centers for $4.4 billion, a deal that leaves Rite Aid a much smaller chain operating in eight states. This year, the first stores have started to switch over to the Walgreens family. The transition may be confusing for some customers, so here’s some information on what it means for you.
The transition of stores will take place in two phases. The first phase is ownership, which started in late January and is expected to be completed by this spring. For the time being, the stores will continue to show Rite Aid signage, but each one will display a notice indicating that it is owned by Walgreens. Once the transfer is complete, Walgreens will begin converting the locations to the Walgreens brand.
Walgreens hopes to complete the acquisition by spring of this year, and around 600 Rite Aid stores will close. The full integration and branding updates won’t be completed until 2020.
How will this affect me?
- The entire store, both the pharmacy and the front-store will be owned by Walgreens, and stores will also fully convert to Walgreens infrastructure and branding.
- If you want to use a discount coupon from GoodRx at one of these stores, be sure it is a Walgreens coupon, not for Rite Aid.
- Until all acquired stores are fully transitioned, which could take up to three years, the purchased Rite Aid stores will require temporary branding that includes both the Walgreens and Rite Aid names.
For more information about this transition, and questions about transferring your prescription, see Walgreen’s FAQ here.
How will this look in GoodRx?
During the transition period, Rite Aid pharmacies that have been acquired by Walgreens will be labeled with the name “Rite Aid (Walgreens)” on GoodRx
If you’re filling your prescription at a Rite Aid store that has been purchased by Walgreens, be sure you print the GoodRx coupon for the correct store – Walgreens. If you’re unsure if your Rite Aid store will be affected, call your pharmacy to see if they are part of this transition.
We have some good news if you have a Publix pharmacy near you.
Publix has launched a new savings program offering 29 common medications at a discounted rate—$7.50 for a 90 day supply. Popular medications on this list include simvastatin, omeprazole, gabapentin, and alendronate. This program is available for both insured and uninsured patients, and there are no membership fees. A full list of included medications and dosages are available here.
Don’t forget that Publix also offers some common medications for conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes at no cost. For a list of drugs covered under their free medication, program see their list here.
Is there a Publix near me?
If you live in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina, or Virginia, you may be near a Publix. Visit Publix’s store locator here to find a store near you.
Disclaimers: Prices for this program are not yet on the GoodRx site, but they will be available soon. Stay tuned.
We think pharmacy programs that offer discounted generic prescriptions can be another great resource for savings. Please note that GoodRx isn’t connected to Publix and we have not been asked to promote their savings program.
In fact, Publix pharmacies won’t accept GoodRx coupons at all, for their own reasons. But we will continue to show their prices and update people on their programs, in case going to Publix is the best option for you.
Corticosteroid suppositories like hydrocortisone acetate, Anucort HC, Hemmorex-HC, and Anusol HC are common medications used to decrease swelling and pain caused by minor skin irritations, or by hemorrhoids. But there is some confusion about these drugs that is causing some sticker shock at the pharmacy.
If you think you are filling for hydrocortisone acetate be aware that your pharmacy may fill for a brand name like Anucort HC, Hemmorex-HC, and Anusol HC which tend to be more expensive. While they contain the same active ingredient (hydrocortisone acetate), they are not therapeutically equivalent by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are listed on separate pricing pages on GoodRx. While they may not be able to accommodate your request, be sure to speak with your pharmacy to see if they can order the more affordable medication.
Also, be sure to set your prescription to the correct dosage and quantity in the menu on GoodRx before printing a coupon in order to get the most accurate estimate.
“Alexa, tell GoodRx to help me find savings on Synthroid.”
Introducing a new way to find the cheapest prescription drugs – it’s even hands-free! We’ve built a voice-activated app so people with Alexa-enabled devices can now ask their personal assistant to look up where they can get their medications at the lowest price.
Here’s how it works: Say “Open GoodRx” to start up the app and you’ll be asked which drug you’re looking for. After confirming your dosage and formulation, Alexa will list out several nearby retail pharmacies that carry the medication, sorted by price. You can be a little more demanding by asking for a specific pharmacy, or get the GoodRx coupon texted directly to your phone. You can even set up refill reminders.
With the increasing accessibility of smart homes and smart devices, voice interaction was the next logical step, as we’re not always around a screen 24/7. GoodRx users come to our site with one main goal in mind – and now they can do it by just talking. We hope the ease of the Alexa app can help busy patients at home, and also doctors so they can instantly find prices with patients in the office.
Want to try it out yourself? Here are some example commands to activate the app:
- “Alexa, ask GoodRx what is the cheapest price for (drug name)”
- “Alexa, tell GoodRx I need prices for (drug name) at (pharmacy name)”
- “Alexa, ask GoodRx what’s the cheapest price for (drug name) (dosage)“
At GoodRx, we work everyday to bring you better prices and greater convenience with your prescription drugs.
We’ve just added new coupons and savings information for Fred’s Pharmacies to GoodRx. You can now find even greater savings at more than 350 Fred’s Pharmacy locations in the Southeast U.S., including Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, the Carolinas and other states.
It’s easy to save at Fred’s. Just look up a prescription on on GoodRx to quickly see prices, discounts, savings tips and information about Fred’s pharmacy locations. Then, print, email or text a coupon for your prescription, and present it to the pharmacist to save.
In addition, Fred’s Pharmacies now participates in GoodRx Gold. Find exclusive savings of up to 90% off on thousands of prescriptions at Fred’s and thousands of other pharmacies across the US.