You may already know that, like many pharmacies, Sam’s Club offers a selection of generic medications at $4 for a 30-day supply and $10 for a 90-day supply—the same savings available at Walmart pharmacies. And you don’t need to be a member to take advantage of the savings or to fill a prescription at a Sam’s Club pharmacy.
But what if you’re a current Sam’s Club member, or looking for more savings? Sam’s has just introduced a new pharmacy savings program exclusively for their Plus Members.
Now, a regular membership ($40 per year) still won’t get you access to these savings. You’ll need the Sam’s Plus Membership, which currently runs $100 per year. That’s pretty steep, and possibly not worth it if you’re just looking at some prescription savings. However, there are a few cases where it may actually still be worthwhile.
First, if you’re already a regular member, it may be easier to make back the cost of the upgrade than the full Plus Membership in savings, both at the pharmacy and in the store. If you would be purchasing a yearly membership anyway, compare and consider the cost of each membership and the savings available.
If you already have a Plus Membership through work or your business is willing to upgrade to the Plus level, there may be some good values for you in the new savings on offer. Prices on the discounted list tend to be as good or better than most pharmacy discount programs as long as you aren’t taking the cost of membership into consideration. They cover a fairly wide range of generics, brands, and supplies like test strips. Blood glucose monitors are also free.
Another factor to keep in mind: the 5 free medications. Donepezil (Aricept), pioglitazone (Actos), escitalopram (Lexapro), finasteride 5 mg (Proscar), and Vitamin D2 50,0000 IU are all available for $0 for a 30-day supply to Plus Members. These drugs can be normally be found in the $10 – $20 cash price range if you’re a smart shopper or use a GoodRx discount. Insurance co-pays should be the same or less for these typically-tier-1 generics.
For the free medications, you could be looking at a $20 – $140 per year savings as a Plus Member after the $100 membership fee. Again, if you already shop at Sam’s or if you think you might use the membership to save on other prescriptions or products in the store, it may not be a bad choice. However, this may not be worth going out of your way for.