Report shows prescription drug prices vary widely by store

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TAMPA - The cost of prescription drugs has put a dent in almost every family's budget.  But we have discovered it doesn't necessarily have to drain your bank account. 

Atorvastatin, the generic for Lipitor, is now widely prescribed to combat high cholesterol.

Consumer Reports checked out prices of Atorvastatin at more than 200 pharmacies, including Walgreens, CVS, Target, Walmart, and Costco, as well as independent and supermarket pharmacies and online.

They found that prices for Atorvastatin varied tremendously depending on where you got the prescription filled. Among chain stores, Aorvastatin cost the most at CVS, $150 for a month's supply. Costco had the best price - $17.

You don't have to be a Costco member to use its pharmacy, and Consumer Reports found it also had low prices for other blockbuster drugs that have recently gone generic.

Those drugs were the generics of Actos for type 2 diabetes, Lexapro for depression, Singulair for asthma and Plavix, a blood thinner.

With the five prescription drugs that CR checked, CVS tended to be the most expensive. Riteaid and Target weren't much cheaper. As for Walmart, it fell somewhere in the middle of the pack.

But two online retailers also offered very good deals,  healthwarehouse.com and familymeds.com .

And Consumer Reports says don't forget to check independent and supermarket pharmacies.  In some cases, CR found their prices were even lower than Costco.

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