Question: How Much Do Pharmacies Pay For Drugs?

Do pharmacies charge different prices for prescriptions?


Prescription drug prices are not regulated, and prices will vary for the same drug at different pharmacies.

In fact, the cost of a prescription may differ by more than $100 between pharmacies just across the street from each other!

How much does it cost to manufacture a pill?

The pill most likely costs just a few cents to manufacture (we know that from the cost of the generics), so the $14.37 is mostly profit. But they charge (us in the U.S.) $14.37, they say, to cover the cost of discovering it.

What determines the price of a drug?

When a drug finally makes it to market, drug manufacturers set the drug’s list price based on a number of factors. However, this is not the price you pay. Your employer, insurance company and their pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) all play an important role in the final cost of your prescriptions.

Do pharmacies make a lot of money?

You’ll make good money

Even when they’re starting out, pharmacists are practically guaranteed to take home a sizable salary. On average, pharmacists make $121,500 annually, according to BLS data. The lowest 10% earn an average of $89,790, while the highest 10% earn more than $154,040.