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Diabetes Forecast

The Healthy Living Magazine

Shop Around for Diabetes Supplies

The cost of diabetes medications can vary—a lot. Researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine looked at prices of the 10 most-prescribed medications for people with diabetes, who take an average of 8.9 meds per day. Shopping at chain discount stores or Internet-based companies offers savings over the local drug store, they concluded, but the same order of prescription drugs cost almost 50 percent more at the highest-priced chain compared with the least expensive source. (Keep in mind that using a single pharmacy may make it easier for you and your doctor to keep track of your medications.) The study didn’t include shipping costs, which can range from only a few dollars to $20 for meds that need refrigeration.

Total cost of a 30-day supply of the 10 most-prescribed medications for people with diabetes

Medco by Mail (excluding shipping) $428.35
Wal-Mart $432.53
Kmart $483.92
Drugstore.com (excluding shipping) $501.65
Target $505.95
CVS $584.44
Duane Reade $633.11
Eckerd $637.77
Walgreens $638.31
Rite Aid $641.90

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Mount Sinai School of Medicine; presented at the American Diabetes Association’s Scientific Sessions in June

 
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