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Hi MoMs, was wondering if anyone can give me a heads up on why prescription drug prices vary among different pharmacies? We have two chemists near us, one that we usually get most of our prescriptions from (this chemist my hubby prefers) and one located in our shopping centre that is a little more convenient when out and about do a spot of shopping. It was the usual chemist that I got my latest prescription filled, when putting away my medication in the bedroom, I noticed that the previous script had been filled at the other chemist. I do know that there can and has been a slight difference in price at times but this particular instance was totally outrageous. The medication that I had previously got was $6.00 and the medication this time was $11.15 and NO there was not a great gap in time between the two. I have heard and seen adverts where Chemist Warehouse and the like advertise that their scripts are 50% cheaper than some other chemist, unfortunately we do not have one close by. The medication I received was identical (in same box etc) just a higher price. I feel folk should not have to run all around town getting quotes on their meds and feel that all chemists/pharmacies should be the same price and feel that the government should over see this. Do you agree with me and why is there such a huge difference in price? Thanks and looking forward to your input.


Posted by cherz, 12th November 2014


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  • They can price them however they want. Find a cheap one and stick to it I say. Chemist warehouse is our cheapest one


  • I guess chemists are just like supermarkets and can price their products to suit themselves


  • I find this frustrating and shouldn’t be such a variation but I guess it’s like fuel 16cent variation today between 4 petrol stations within 7klms of each other


  • They’re businesses, and they can charge what people will pay.


  • You can do online prescriptions at Chemist Warehouse and other such discount chemists. I used to do it. You just need to be a bit organised and allow for delivery time before you run out of what you have in the bathroom cabinet


  • If they are out of patent anyone and make them and they fix the price


  • Chemist Warehouse has the best prices definitely!


  • Would love to know why this is, I save almost $100 and month by going to the discount pharmacy


  • I find chemist wearhouse the cheapest but poor service


  • It is all to do with the PBS system and greedy pharmaceutical companies and greedy chemists, I lived in the country for a long time and would get my medications when I was in the city where I could get them cheaper, most of my medications I do not like the generics so I pay the premium price for them, but by shopping around and getting to a cheaper pharmacy it does not actually cost much more, but with online chemists now it is getting easier and cheaper to get drugs online at a better price then you only have to buy adhoc meds from the dearer chemists, unfortunately they are a business and out to make money and us being the customer means that we are the ones that the look to, best thing is to google chemists online as there are so many now that do online and many are no postage.


  • Some pharmacies as greedy as others. Some are content to make a small profit instead of several million. In one shopping centre I can get a prescription and repeat for what another another pharmacy charges for one pack.The one that charges the extra also delayed reducing the price of one on PBS that the price was reduced on. I now always go to Priceline Unlike the other one, they always have what I need in stock.


  • unfortunately you have to shop around as they are businesses just like shops so they will put what mark up they want on a product. it is annoying but worth asking prices of prescriptions before you buy.


  • Depends on what deals they have with suppliers and the more they buy the bigger discounts they get so they can pass on to the customers, I’ve worked for many pharmacies over the years and all depends on deals available and how good the reps are.


  • yes it is just the different companies-middle men- prices. also get quotes and ring them up and sometimes they will price match. they would rather have that money instead of the competitor


  • I have noticed this too.
    Best to shop around if you can


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