Prescription Drugs Less Expensive at Independent Pharmacies

March 7, 2019

Prescription medication at independent pharmacies cost consumers up to 840 percent less than at national chain pharmacies, according to a survey from the U.S. Public Interest Group (PIRG).

Researchers asked more than 250 pharmacies in diverse cities and regions across 11 states how much patients without insurance or with a high deductible would have to pay for a number of medications that treat asthma, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, and other diseases.

Eight of the 12 drugs surveyed were between 8 percent and 840 percent more expensive at most large pharmacies compared to smaller and independent pharmacies.

Read the PIRG report.