CVS Pharmacy Rahway, NJ / price gouging
Please read all the way through. This might be a long post but the facts are important. CVS -Caremark is guilty of price gouging. This is especially true for those of us who do not have Prescription coverage. Look at these numbers. CVS charges $59.85 for 10 (ten) Buphenorphine 8 mg tablets. CVS charges $70.00 for a "Z-Pack". CVS charges $39.00 for 30 (thirty) Sertraline 100 mg tablets. I happened to receive a postcard from a new pharmacy that opened in my area. So I thought I would give them a call to check their prices. What I found out is astonishing...
First the Buphenorphine. CVS charged $59.85 for ten 8 mg tabs, new pharmacy charged $47.00 for 20 (TWENTY) 8 mg tabs! Twice as much for less money! Then the Z pack. I paid $70 for at CVS. New pharmacy charges $15!! Then the Sertraline. I was paying $39 for 30 tablets from CVS. New pharmacy charges $6!
The owner of the new store assured me that he is making a profit. Of course he is! We expect him to, he is in business! He's still turning a profit but look at CVS and how they are taking such advantage of customers without insurance! Even those with insurance run into trouble! Last year they charged me $115 for an Rx for my mother who has MediCare. I asked are you sure you put it through the insurance? Yes, yes I'm sure. That is the co-pay because it is a Tier Three drug blah blah blah. My mom needed the medication, so I, of course, paid the money. Then I called Medicare about two weeks later to find out why the drug was so expensive. They told me the drug is covered with a $7 co-pay and that no claim was ever submitted for the last Rx that I paid for. Oh and by the way, just to be clear, It was NOT a Tier Three Medication. The CVS white coat was just making up BS to get me to pay him and shorten the line! I hate typing in all caps so pretend this is bold, OK? >> If you are a CVS customer with or without Rx Coverage I urge you to shop the Rx around!<< Especially try small, local, Mom an Pop type places. I paid for these Meds for -5 years- before realizing I was getting ripped off! Call smaller places! Don't call Walgreens. Walgreens does the same thing and so that made me assume the Meds would cost that much everywhere! Please, I urge you to compare prices of your medication. The Meds are the same, but the prices are very, very different. Thanks for reading this, I hope it didn't seem like a rant. I am just still amazed that they an get away with what they are doing.
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