Where to find the cheapest drug dispensing fees in Canada?

If you take prescription medications in Canada and do not have health insurance with your employer, our post will save you some money.

It will be a surprise to some readers that some private insurance does not cover all of the prescription drug dispensing fees – depending on the plan.

We found that the lowest cost drug dispensing fees in Canada are at Costco.

Costco Logo

You may be saying well, I don’t have a Costco membership.

Did you know that you don’t have to be a Costco member to buy your drugs there.

Pharmacists are required by law to dispense medications equitably to everyone (to require membership would be discrimination).

Simply stroll in and advise the Costco greeter/gatekeeper that they are heading to the pharmacy. No problem.

If you do not have a Costco membership, remember, you can only buy prescriptions at Costco. Over-the-counter medications, vitamin supplements, beauty products, and other items in the pharmacy area are off-limits.

To see just how much you can save by purchasing drug prescriptions at Costco, check out this comparative table of the dispensing fees of several pharmacies in British Columbia (assuming prices are similar across Canada).


Store Drug Dispensing Fee
The above data is current as of March 8, 2012
Costco $4.46
Pharma Plus / Medicine Shoppe $9.49
Zellers $9.54
Save On Foods $9.58
Overwaitea $9.62
London Drugs $9.62
Wal Mart $9.63
Safeway $10.54
Peoples $10.58
Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix $10.72
Pharmasave $10.86
Average $9.51
Maximum $10.86
Minimum $4.46
Median $9.62

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