Doctors and medical professionals are finding that varying prescription drug prices are having a serious impact on our health and our wallets. A new study published in the American Medical Association’s primary journal shows just how much prices can vary from one pharmacy to another. Looking at almost 200 pharmacies in the St. Louis area, they found common heart medications being sold for wildly different prices, including:
- Lisinopril. The JAMA study found a price range of $3 – $80.59 for 30 tablets of lisinopril 10 mg. The median price was $9.99. Good news here—you can find prices lower than $9.99 at many pharmacies on GoodRx (and for free at Publix, if you have one near you).
- Carvedilol. Prices for 60 tablets of carvedilol 6.25 mg ranged from $4 – $135.99, with a median price of $14.76. These are just cash prices at local pharmacies! For the same dosage and quantity, you can easily find GoodRx discounts for $less than $10.
- Digoxin. Digoxin (125 mcg, 30 tablets) cash prices ranged from $12.19 – $94.99. Several pharmacies have prices when using GoodRx, including an offer for $9.99 from Rite Aid with a free store membership.
Need more encouragement to shop around? OneMedical breaks down the savings from the JAMA study even further (and recommends GoodRx as a great tool to help you compare prices).