The “Cash Price” of Drugs for Uninsured Patients

Choose one prescription drug that has a generic available and one over-the-counter (OTC) drug you would be likely to recommend to patients. The cost you are examining is the “cash price” for uninsured patients.

Next, locate one pharmacy from each of the four different types listed below:

  • Large chain pharmacies such as Walgreens, CVS, Eckard’s, etc.
  • Grocery store associate pharmacies such as Publix, Kroger, etc.
  • Privately owned local pharmacy.
  • Pharmacy associated with “big box” stores such as Target, Walmart, etc.

Compare the cash cost of the brand and the generic of the prescription drug, and the OTC drug brand and generic, making sure that the dose (milligrams, micrograms, etc.), form (caps, tablets, etc.), and number of pills are the same. Include the city and state of the pharmacies.