posted on Sep, 25 2012 @ 06:40 PM
As a former practicing pharmacist, I would like to add that in most cases, especially with pharmacies inside a Walmart, Target, or Grocery store, the
pharmacy is there as a "draw."
A typical grocery store makes a tremendous profit margin on food, and often times will run the pharmacy just above the black to get you in the door to
buy tomatoes as you walk toward the pharmacy.
Also, I would like to stress your comment about online pharmacies. You are correct, there are a TON of illegal counterfeit drugs being dumped into
the US market. If the drugs do not require a prescription, DO NOT BUY from that site!!
Many doctors do have an ample supply of samples. Like you said, do not be afraid to ask. Even if you get a month worth, you can often go back and
request more. I have several prescriptions that I get from my MD because of the high cost at retail..and they are happy to provide it as they see
results in a compliant patient, as aposed to one who skips the meds because of expense.
There are a few reputable Canadian pharmacies online that I have found to be 1/4th the cost of what I can buy in the US. Do a google search and find
And lets not forget the homeopathic approach. There are MANY prescription drugs that can be replaced with homeopathic methods. Doctors are
programmed to treat symptoms, not necessarily fix the underlying problem.
And while I hate to say it, stay away from small mom and pop pharmacies if you can. They tend to be the ones who will buy illegal counterfeit drugs,
knowingly or unknowingly to boost their bottom line. Chains are less apt to this type of practice, and while it may sound shocking, this does happen
in small privately owned pharmacies. Be careful!
Hope this helps...i am available for questions.