Consumer Reports: best deals on generic drugs - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Consumer Reports: best deals on generic drugs

Posted: Updated:

(WMC TV) - Atoravastatin, the generic for Lipitor, is now widely prescribed for high cholesterol. Consumer Reports checked out prices of atoravastatin at more than 200 pharmacies, including Walgreens, CVS, Target, Walmart and Costco, as well as independent, supermarket and online pharmacies.

Consumer Reports found that prices for atoravastatin varied tremendously depending on where consumers get their prescriptions filled. 

Among chain stores, atoravastatin cost the most at CVS:  $150 for a month's supply.

Costco, according to Consumer Reports, had the best price:  $17 for a month's supply. You don't have to be a Costco member to use its pharmacy, either (federal law prohibits restricted access to pharmacies), and Consumer Reports found the wholesale retailer had low prices for other blockbuster drugs that have recently gone generic: 

• Actos (pioglitazone) for type 2 diabetes
• Lexapro (escitalopram) for depression 
• Singulair (monntelukast) for asthma 
• Plavix (clopidogrel), a blood thinner 

With all the prescription drugs Consumer Reports checked, CVS tended to be the most expensive. RiteAid and Target weren't much cheaper.

As for Walmart, it fell somewhere in the middle of the pack.

Two online retailers offered very good deals: and

No matter which drug you're prescribed, Consumer Reports said don't be afraid to talk 
to your doctor about costs. You may be able to get a lower-priced alternative to treat 
your condition. 

Copyright 2013 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.


Powered by WorldNow