Prescription drug conspiracy

I realize conspiracy is a strong word.

But that’s the word I deemed appropriate last month when I filled several prescriptions as I fought a wicked bilateral kidney infection.

I am well aware that money drives the pharmaceutical industry in America and frankly that money drives most things in America.  But when the reality of it was staring me in the face I was mad.  Really, really mad.

My mom had sent me a Consumer Reports article last year about drug costs and the incredible mark ups.  I brushed it off, we hardly ever get prescriptions for anything.  I momentarily thought it unfair for the chronically ill and the aging population in our country and then forgot about it.

Fast forward to December when after an utterly incompetent doctor provided me with such inadequate care that I ended up in the ER in the wee hours of the morning and likely incurred notable damage to my kidneys (and a $2,000 ER bill despite having insurance!).

On the way to fill another round of antibiotics I remembered what I’d heard from my mom and other various places and had it called in to Costco instead.  This was the result:

7 days of generic CIPRO antibiotic from Walgreens $46

7 days of generic CIPRO antibiotic from Costco $6.50

How is that possible?  How could it vary that much? Don’t they care about the old people who need 10 different prescriptions daily to stay alive and live on small, fixed incomes?

Because prescriptions are the prime money maker for Walgreens, Bartells, Rite Aid and the like.  Everything else is fairly superfluous.  Costco has taken heat for their low prices and their unwillingness to stick it to the American drug consumers.  And because when you don’t feel good, going to Costco to get drugs is less appealing than the pharmacy on the corner in your neighborhood.

As if I didn’t love Costco enough already with their giant carts and humongous packs of toilet paper.

I know that there is so much more to this issue but just thought it might be helpful to pass on!



Wow, that is a HUGE price difference. I had no idea. Most of the old people you mentioned probably have no idea. Good for Costco. What to do about this?


Oh, and LOVE LOVE LOVE the photo of your kids along with your new look. They all look adorable – if your photographer comes out again this summer I hope I can utilize her.


Oh how I feel your pain! Gavin has asthma and knows the ER so well from that, at midnight, pulling up, he’ll say “Hey, this is where nemo has his tank.” I say, “Hey, this is where I drop massive money so you can have steriods” Then i go to Bartells and pay upwards $80 for Gavin’s asthma meds. We also buy these anytime he has a cold or the weather has drastic change. I am now going to look into Costco…good idea!


It’s worth it to pay the membership fee JUST FOR a one time pick up of medication. Use it more than once and you’ve probably more than paid for the membership. You wouldn’t even need to shop there for toilet paper. You can just go in around noon, snack on their free samples and pick up your prescription. If the samples don’t fill you up, surely with the money you saved you could shell out $1.75 or whatever it is for a soda and hot dog. What a grand scheme :o).

Thanks for letting me know. Thanks Costco for standing up when seemingly no one else does.