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Change in CVS competitor prescription transfer coupon policy

Posted October 28, 2010

I transferred a prescription from Kroger to CVS this week. When I went to pick it up tonight, I got a little surprise. The 40/42 location (between Garner and Clayton) no longer takes competitor's prescription transfer coupons. I had a transfer coupon from Rite Aid for a $25 gift card and they have accepted these for years and years at this CVS. Well, not any more. I do understand that they are loosing money on people like me who transfer prescriptions and use these coupons, but a little warning would have been nice. They did offer to transfer it to another location so I could use the coupon, but I needed the prescription tonight and didn't have the energy to go someplace else and wait for them to fill it.

So, heads up - make sure you ask your CVS store BEFORE you transfer a prescription if they still take competitors prescription transfer coupons. I'll speak with corporate tomorrow to see if this is a company-wide change or just one this store or district has implemented.

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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Oct 31, 12:31 p.m.

    itsmyopinion, there are a number of options for better priced RX deals. I highly recommend you read the following article by Consumer Reports with many helpful resources:

    http://www.consumerreports.org/health/resources/pdf/best-buy-drugs/money-saving-guides/english/BestPrice-FINAL.pdf

    They indicate that online internet pharmacies like Costco.com, drugstore.com, cvs.com, etc have the best prices. Then the big box stores like Target and Walmart are next best. Finally the larger independent pharmacies are often more expensive because they don't have the bargaining power of larger companies. The article also gives good advice on what to do if you are not insured.

    Here is a link to the main Consumer Reports RX page with lots of advice on how to best handle prescriptions:

    http://www.consumerreports.org/health/best-buy-drugs/index.htm

    Hope that helps!

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Oct 31, 11:17 a.m.

    Use the pharmacies at Wal-Mart and Target. They are cheaper plus Target gives you a 5% discount in the store for every 5 prescriptions filled.

  • itsmyownopinion Oct 29, 8:57 p.m.

    Generally speaking, in your opinion, which pharmacy has the lowest prices for non-generic prescription drugs? Thanks.

  • itsmyownopinion Oct 29, 8:37 p.m.

    Until now I had no idea that any pharmacy honored the coupon of another pharmacy. Interesting.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Oct 29, 7:47 p.m.

    Thanks for the info, gagamo. Very helpful. And it's a generous policy, if you ask me.

  • gagamo Oct 29, 7:21 p.m.

    I filled a prescription 2 nights ago at the CVS at Kildare/Penny and was told me they would accept only 1 cometetors transfer coupon per 30 days per family group

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Oct 29, 6:00 p.m.

    Thanks, ladies, :-)

  • t0tAlChA0s Oct 29, 3:56 p.m.

    wow, think someone forgot to take there meds this morning....

  • j3434 Oct 29, 3:55 p.m.

    i, for one, was very happy that you took the bullet for us, faye! i probably woulda headed in there myself in the next week or so. but if they are printing out for some people on the red kiosks, that's great! i think perhaps some people haven't read your blog long enough to know that it doesn't serve anyone to not play by the rules as far as q's, sales, and good deals go...and that you say that every chance you get and remind us to all do the same...so maybe now they know. ;) it's a game...and it can be more lucrative for some than others depending on the amount of work you put into it, but by no means is it a losing proposition for the companies/stores as a whole. if it was, they wouldn't do it. as far as its impact on their employees, again, you have encouraged all of us to remain courteous and thankful and to provide feedback to corporate for both good and bad experiences. thanks for everything, faye!!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Oct 29, 3:17 p.m.

    You know, I wondered what was up, Erika. It really didn't sound like you to blast me like that. I even commented to my husband that I was surprised at the amount of venom this post received. Thanks for clarifying.

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