• Silly Question?

    Asked by Gizz on Tuesday, June 11, 2019

    Silly Question?

    Going to Cancer Care Specialists for my Oncologist Doctor and they have their own phamarcy. Question would any one know if medicine through them be about the same as say Wal-Mart or Walgreens?

    8 Answers from the Community

    8 answers
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      We like to say that there are NO silly questions, ask what you need to know. I promise you that someone else has the same question. So, my guess and experience has been that the pharmacy at the treatment facility/hospital/clinic is usually higher priced than Walmart or a small family-owned pharmacy. Also, you can ask for their best price and even call around shopping prices. My pharmacy will price match if you find it cheaper somewhere else. We hope you're doing well.

      15 days ago
    • Kp2018's Avatar
      Kp2018

      I second GregP_WN about there being no silly questions! Drug prices are a serious matter. A good way to compare prices is to use www.goodrx.com. It makes shopping around for prices very easy.

      15 days ago
    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      Sometimes, a pharmacy associated with a cancer treatment center is more patient-oriented and has a person who gets patients financial assistance for expensive cancer drugs. When I had to take Xeloda (oral version of 5FU), my copay would have been $850. But the pharmacy associated with my treatment center got me a grant for my copay within about 2 hours.

      15 days ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      You could call Walgreens or Walmart and ask (1) if they carry the drug and (2) what the cost is. That way you'll know for sure. I use GoodRX, too. Amazing how much difference there is among drug prices.

      14 days ago
    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      One way to find out. Pick a drug and call both locations. I use the cancer center pharmacy, as many of the drugs we receive are simply not sold at retail pharmacies. This is no time to have to special order.

      14 days ago
    • Gizz's Avatar
      Gizz

      All your answers are sound advice. I guess I could start with the pharmacy with the cancer specialist and see how they can help me. I 'm sure that if they are to expensive I could look at local pharmacy's.

      14 days ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      I would call both places and ask. A lot of places that are in hospitals or medical centers will be competitive for your business. I would have liked this available while I was going through treatments. It would make things easier on both you and your caregivers.
      My hospital started a program so that you can have your prescriptions filled before you leave the hospital. I think it's a great idea.
      I had my lumpectomy surgery and was released from the hospital at 7:30 pm. So my husband had to drop me off and get to the pharmacy before it closed that night. That would have made life easier if the prescription was filled right at the hospital.

      13 days ago
    • Throatless' Avatar
      Throatless

      My cancer center is way higher priced than my local privately owned pharmacy.

      13 days ago

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