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movie_girl99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-04-05 08:44 AM
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do you need a Costco membership to have RX filled there
I thought I read here once that one doesn't need a membership to have prescriptions filled. Does anyone know about that? I looked on the website and couldn't find any info.
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benburch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-04-05 08:47 AM
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1. You need a card to get into the store...
So I think, yes, you need a membership.
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MercutioATC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-04-05 11:37 AM
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7. I believe they let you go to the pharmacy even without a card.
I think it's a law.
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benburch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-04-05 11:45 AM
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8. I bow to your legal knowledge!
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MercutioATC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-04-05 11:48 AM
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9. Actually, after I posted I realized HorseWithNoName had already
posted it below.

That'll teach me...
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achtung_circus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-04-05 08:47 AM
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2. My understanding is no.
You need a membership for the bulk of the shopping, but just tell the bouncer you're using the pharmacy and he should let you in.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-04-05 08:48 AM
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3. Call their toll free number
General Member Service:
800-774-2678

Costco.com Shopping Support:
800-955-2292
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soothsayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-04-05 08:52 AM
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4. found this on a seniors' site
Edited on Thu Aug-04-05 08:55 AM by soothsayer
I have heard that Costco offers significant savings on prescription drugs and you do not have to be a member. Is this true?

It is true that you do not have to be a Costco member to fill prescriptions at Costco. However, in most cases, the Medicare discount cards now offer a greater savings than Costco.
As of July 22, the total cost at Costco for the top nine drugs: $1,185.69.
Costco ranks 28th when compared to the savings of the 33 Medicare Prescription Discount Cards providing discounts on the top nine drugs in Region 1-B (range of $1,006.43 - $1,287.92).
The lowest priced Medicare card offers 18% savings over Costco.
<snip>

Here's more from a different site:

"Although Costco is a "membership" type store, you do NOT have to be a member to buy prescriptions there, as it is a federally regulated substance. You just tell them at the door that you wish to use the pharmacy, and they will let you in."
http://www.geocities.com/la_rsi/prescriptdrug.html?2005...
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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-04-05 08:54 AM
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5. No membership needed.
Edited on Thu Aug-04-05 08:58 AM by Horse with no Name
Pharmacy is open to the entire public.

Edited to add link:
http://www.nbc4.com/money/4513252/detail.html

In fact, it's not just glasses. It's not broadly advertised but at Sam's and Costco, non-members can get drug prescriptions filled.

"As with any healthcare service, you cannot deny access to the general public," said Dan Sikora, a pharmacy manager at Costco.

Sikora said 10 to 15 percent of his business comes from non-members. The savings make it easy to see why customers make the special trip.
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movie_girl99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-04-05 08:55 AM
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6. thanks for the info
i looked on the site at pricing and it doesn't seems so cheap on some. Now I wonder is that before insurance copay pricing?
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Misskittycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-04-05 01:06 PM
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10. I'm not a member, but get all my prescriptions there.
It's a great deal I've written about this a few times at DU.

It's saved me enormous amounts of money. Although they have a person standing at the door asking for your membership card, you just breeze through saying "pharmacy" and it's fine. When you get your prescription, the cashier will ask for your card or card number, and you just say you're not a member, and they enter a quick code and there's no problem at all.

Of course, if you have a family, a Costco membership would be a good deal in any event. They have great stuff at great prices, and they are a very blue company. I just don't need to buy in bulk, and have friends with cards if I need to make a special purchase.

Even if you have health insurance, sometimes Costco's prices beat your copay. Everyone should check this out.

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AngryAmish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-04-05 01:08 PM
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11. Plus you can walk around and graze the samples
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