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Saving at the Pharmacy
Pets are considered family with Walgreen’s Prescription Savings Club.
Taking your pup's prescription to a pharmacy, like Walgreens, can save you money.

Recently I discovered that I could buy a generic version of Tapazole, my cat’s thyroid medication, through Walgreens’ Prescription Savings Club for a fraction of the branded version’s price. 

Through their savings club, Walgreens offers 400 generic medications priced at $12 for a 90-day supply. Membership is open to all those in the United States and Puerto Rico who are not enrolled in a publicly funded health care program, such as Medicare, Medicare, or TRICARE. 

Enrollment for an individual is $20 per year or $35 for an entire family, which includes a spouse, dependents under the age of 23, and pets.

Walgreens makes it easy to find out if a medication is covered with their online Drug Pricing Tool, as long as you know the generic name. In my case, a simple Google search revealed that the generic name of Tapazole is methimazole.

A 90-day supply of Tapazole costs $180 from my veterinarian and $70 ($50 when on sale) from online retailer, EntirelyPets.com. Buying methimazole through the Walgreens Prescription Savings Club is a significant savings at a mere $12. 

Before you sign up, be sure to talk to your veterinarian before switching to a generic drug. While non-branded drugs share the same active ingredient as their more expensive counterparts, the differences in inactive ingredients can alter the effects.

For more information on the Walgreens Prescription Savings Club or to enroll, visit the web site or one of their stores.

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JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.

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