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Are Cosco pharmacy prices considered reasonable?

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A comparison of drug prices from Costco with those from other well-known pharmacies reveals that Costco is consistently more reasonable. In a report by WPXI News, surveys conducted by secret shoppers throughout the nation showed price differences as much as $138 between generic drugs from Costco versus those from CVS.

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The major reason Costco offers such lower prices in the pharmacy lies in the retailer's large inventory of goods. Costco is not as dependent on revenue from the sale of drugs as the stores for which pharmaceuticals are key. According to a senior vice president of pharmacy operations for Costco, keeping costs down and efficient operation allow Costco to sell medications for a lower price while still earning a profit. One way of reducing costs is by not advertising.

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