You are here

Wide Variation Seen in Prices for Generic Drugs

Some of that can be chalked up to the differences in cost of living from place to place, but not all.

The cost of a generic depends, somewhat, on where the buyer lives. GoodRx examined the average cash price of about 500 generic drugs at pharmacies across the country and found wide disparities in cost. Some of that had to do with where you lived: the cities with the highest costs were San Francisco and New York. 

But that doesn’t explain all of the variation. “For instance, prices for drugs in Washington D.C.—where the cost of living is relatively high—are 9.60% lower than the national average,” GoodRx points out. “Alternatively, Raleigh, which has a lower cost of living, has higher prescription drug costs, around 4.30% higher than the national average.”

Sources: GoodRx; New York Times

Recent Headlines

Novel Catheter-based Technology for Treating Acute Ischemic Stroke
Decision supported by data from more than 4,000 patients
Triggers the Body’s Own Natural Blood Flow Regulation
Inrebic Reduces Symptoms by 50% in Some Patients
Statistically Significant Improvement in Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
Researcher Made Himself Guinea Pig to Test the Drug
Treatment Shorter, Less Complicated Than Typical Regimen
Zip Device Faster to Apply, Minimizes Scarring