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Drug Savings- 4/7/13

Atorvastatin, the generic for Lipitor, is now widely prescribed to combat high cholesterol.
Consumer Reports checked out prices of atorvastatin at more than 200 pharmacies,
including Walgreens, CVS, Target, Walmart, and Costco, as well as independent and
supermarket pharmacies and online.

Consumer Reports found that prices for atorvastatin varied tremendously depending on
where you got the prescription filled. Among chain stores, atorvastatin cost the most at
CVS—$150 for a month's supply. Costco had the best price, $17. You don't have to be
a Costco member to use its pharmacy, and Consumer Reports found that it also had
low prices for other blockbuster drugs that have recently gone generic.

Those drugs were the generics of:
• Actos (pioglitazone) for type 2 diabetes
• Lexapro (escitalopram) for depression
• Singulair (monntelukast) for asthma
• Plavix (clopidogrel), a blood thinner

With all the prescription drugs that 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. But two online retailers offered very good deals—
Healthwarehouse.com and FamilyMeds.com.

And Consumer Reports says don't forget to check independent and supermarket
pharmacies. In some cases, Consumer Reports found that their prices were even lower
than Costco's.

No matter which drug you're prescribed, Consumer Reports says 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.

Complete Ratings and recommendations on all kinds of products, including appliances,
cars & trucks, and electronic gear, are available on Consumer Reports' website.

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