GoodRx provides a wonderful service. A simple Google search will reveal the prices charged at local pharmacies. The price extremes are often gigantic.
Consider the generic for the cholesterol drug Crestor, Rosuvastatin. The results are typical for generic prices.
90 pills of Rosuvastatin 10 mg generic vary from less than $20 to more than $200, depending on where you fill the prescription.
Pause…. Read it again.
You can pay less than $20 to fill it at a grocery store pharmacy… or.. You can spend over $200 at Walgreens. That’s a factor of more than ten!
How is that even possible? These are all large stores with the ability to negotiate prices with wholesalers, yet that clearly does not matter.
In general, the trend is generics run many orders of magnitude (ten times or more) at CVS and Walgreens compared to your convenient grocery store pharmacy.
How is that okay?