Stores that Offer Free and Low-Cost Prescription Drugs

Save Money on Your Medications

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One way to save money on prescription medications is to find pharmacies that offer them for free or at a very low cost. This can include antibiotics, diabetes drugs, prenatal and children's vitamins, as well as hundreds of generic drugs.

Why Are These Prescriptions Cheap or Free?

There are several reasons why drug pricing is reduced and it goes beyond these sellers just wanting to lure you into their store. There are also rules you must follow to make the purchase. Some discounts are offered through membership programs that have a minimal annual fee.

As long as you understand reasons and rules for cheap medications, it will be safe to purchase or obtain your prescription drugs from these sellers.

Stores that Offer Free or Low-Cost Prescription Drugs 

Many pharmacies offer a selection of discounted or free medications. Some of these are stand-alone pharmacies while others are inside supermarkets or discount retailers. This list is a good place to begin your search.

  • Costco Pharmacies (found nationwide) offer very low pricing. The company negotiates with suppliers and manufacturers to reduce the cost of prescriptions, though the price can fluctuate at any time. A membership to Costco is required, but there is no additional cost for the prescription discount program. Learn more on the Costco website.
  • Giant Eagle Supermarkets (Indiana, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Northern West Virginia, and Western Maryland) provide many generic drugs at $4 or $10 a prescription. These include 30- and 90-day supplies and a number of other medications are available at significantly lower prices than other pharmacies.
  • Kroger (found nationwide) has a long list of low-cost generic drugs. Find a store to learn more about the program.
  • Market Street Pharmacies and Amigos United Supermarkets (Texas) offer a number of prescription and over-the-counter medications at $4. The MyRxClub membership has an annual fee, but it is reasonable and may pay off within the first few months depending on your needs.
  • Meijer Stores (Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky) offers some antibiotics, prenatal vitamins, and diabetes medicine for free. Learn more about these free medications
  • Price Chopper Supermarkets (Upstate New York and New England) offers a variety of prescriptions at $10 for a 90-day supply as well as free diabetes medications and supplies. The savings are available through the RXAdvantEdge program, which is a free program.
  • Publix Supermarkets (Southeast States) offers generic antibiotics and a number of free antibiotics, diabetes, and blood pressure medications through their Free Medication Program.
  • Reasor's Foods / Pharmacies (Oklahoma) offers free antibiotics and vitamins when they have been prescribed by a doctor. Children can receive free vitamins until the age of seven.
  • Schnuck's Pharmacies (Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Iowa) offers a variety of generic prescriptions for a 30-day supply at $4. They also offer a few $9 oral breast cancer medications and $2 oral diabetes medications.

Don't See What You Need Here?

Many pharmacies have access to a variety of discount programs if you ask about them. Some are simple discounts while others require an annual membership. For those who have no health insurance, even these membership fees are worth the discounts the programs offer.