Have you heard about the Publix meds list? The Publix supermarket chain isn’t the cheapest store to buy groceries, but it may be the cheapest place to fill some common prescription drugs.

If you live near a Publix Pharmacy, you’ve probably seen the TV ads or heard the radio commercials about its free and low-cost generic medication program, including a 90-day supply for $7.50.

Publix Meds List: Is It Cheaper Than Using GoodRx Coupons?

For this article, I researched the medications available on Publix’s meds list and used the GoodRx prescription savings app to see if other pharmacies near my home in Florida offered an even lower price.

Here are the key findings:

  • In most cases, Publix had the lowest price for the generic drugs that are part of its program.
  • The runner-up was usually Walmart or Winn-Dixie Pharmacy, another regional grocery store chain.
  • GoodRx sometimes showed a higher price for Publix than what you would pay using Publix’s free and low-cost medication program.

My price comparison below includes all of the medications on Publix’s meds list when I collected the data in December 2019. In many cases, multiple dosages are eligible for the cheap price. However, I had to select only one dose to compare the Publix price with GoodRx.

To make it easier for you to find the medication that you’re looking for, I’ve sorted the prescription drugs by type. You can use the quick links below to advance to a specific type of medication.

Publix Meds List: Free Medication Program

SUMMARY: Publix’s free meds list is short, but the price can’t be beat. It includes several high blood pressure and diabetes medications, plus antibiotics. According to Publix’s website, you can get up to a 90-day supply of maintenance medications and 14 days for antibiotics. When I used GoodRx to compare prices, the prescription discount app never displayed the free Publix price and instead offered coupons where you would have to pay out-of-pocket. If you take any of the meds on the free list, save money by transferring your prescription to Publix.

High Blood Pressure

Drug namePublixGoodRx
Amlodipine
2.5 mg, 90 count
Free$10.71 (Winn-Dixie)
$10.71 (Benzer Pharmacy)
$13.89 (Publix)
Lisinopril
20 mg, 30 count
Free$4.00 (Winn-Dixie)
$6.31 (Publix)

Diabetes

Drug name Publix GoodRx
Lisinopril
20 mg, 30 count
Free$4.00 (Winn-Dixie)
$6.31 (Publix)
Metformin
500 mg, 60 count
Free$3.84 (Winn-Dixie)
$4.37 (Publix)

Antibiotics

Drug name Publix GoodRx
Amoxicillin
21 capsules
Free $3.99 (Winn-Dixie)
$6.04 (Walgreens)
Ampicillin
21 capsules
Free$9.01 (Walmart)
$9.17 (CVS / Target)
SMZ-TMP
20 tablets
Free$6.65 (Winn-Dixie)
$6.65 (Publix)
$8.39 (Walgreens)
Penicillin VK
21 tablets
Free$10.06 (Publix)
$10.62 (Winn-Dixie)

Publix Meds List: 90 Days for $7.50 Program

SUMMARY: Publix offers a 90-day supply of two dozen prescription drugs for just $7.50, which works to $2.50 a month. For the price comparison with GoodRx, I selected one dose and quantity for each drug. If you take a different dose, it may also be covered as part of the program. Read the fine print on Publix’s website to find out. In nearly all cases, GoodRx’s coupons weren’t able to beat Publix’s $7.50 price. However, it’s worth noting that GoodRx typically displayed the $7.50 Publix price in its results.

Heart Health/Cardiovascular

Drug name Publix GoodRx
Clonidine
0.1 mg, 90 count
$7.50$7.50 (Publix)
$8.99 (Costco)
Clopidogrel
75 mg, 90 count
$7.50$7.50 (Publix)
$16.36 (Winn-Dixie)
Furosemide
20 mg, 90 count
$7.50$7.50 (Publix)
$9.99 (Winn-Dixie)
Hydralazine
10 mg, 90 count
$7.50$4.00 (Walmart)
$7.50 (Publix)
Hydrochlorothiazide
25 mg, 90 count
$7.50$6.64 (CVS / Target)
$7.45 (Publix)
Jantoven (Warfarin)
5 mg, 90 count
$7.50$7.50 (Publix)
$10.25 (Winn-Dixie)
Metoprolol Tartrate
25 mg, 180 count
$7.50$46.04 (Winn-Dixie)
$55.45 (Publix)
Triamterene-HCTZ
37.5–25 mg, 90 count
$7.50$7.50 (Publix)
$10.00 (Winn-Dixie)

Diabetes

Drug name Publix GoodRx
Glimepiride
4 mg, 90 count
$7.50 $7.50 (Publix)
$10.00 (Winn-Dixie)
$10.00 (Walmart)

Cholesterol

Drug name Publix GoodRx
Simvastatin
20 mg, 90 count
$7.50 $7.50 (Publix)
$9.99 (Winn-Dixie)

Mental Health

Drug name Publix GoodRx
Amitriptyline HCL
25 mg, 90 count
$7.50 $7.50 (Publix)
$10.00 (Walmart)
$10.00 (Winn-Dixie)
Buspirone
10 mg, 180 count
$7.50 $7.50 (Publix)
$10.00 (Walmart)
$10.00 (Winn-Dixie)
Sertraline
100 mg, 90 count
$7.50 $7.50 (Publix)
$14.35 (Winn-Dixie)

Seizure Disorders

Drug name Publix GoodRx
Topiramate
50 mg, 180 count
$7.50 $7.50 (Publix)
$18.64 (Winn-Dixie)

Parkinson’s Disease

Drug namePublix GoodRx
Ropinirole
1 mg, 180 count
$7.50 $7.50 (Publix)
$23.79 (Winn-Dixie)

Alzheimer’s Disease

Drug name Publix GoodRx
Donepezil
10 mg, 90 count
$7.50 $7.50 (Publix)
$13.80 (Winn-Dixie)

Osteoporosis

Drug namePublix GoodRx
Alendronate
70 mg, 12
$7.50 $12.64 (Publix)
$13.53 (Winn-Dixie)

Gout

Drug name Publix GoodRx
Allopurinol
300 mg, 90 count
$7.50 $7.50 (Publix)
$10.00 (Winn-Dixie)

Arthritis/Pain

Drug name Publix GoodRx
Meloxicam
15 mg, 90 count
$7.50 $7.50 (Publix)
$9.99 (Winn-Dixie)

Gastrointestinal

Drug name PublixGoodRx
Omeprazole
20 mg, 90 count
$7.50 $7.50 (Publix)
$12.06 (Winn-Dixie)
Ranitidine
150 mg, 90 count
$7.50 $7.50 (Publix)
$13.03 (Winn-Dixie)

Asthma & Allergies

Drug namePublixGoodRx
Cetirizine HCL
10 mg, 90 count
$7.50 $7.74 (Costco)
$10.37 (Walmart)

Men’s Health

Drug name Publix GoodRx
Tamsulosin
0.4 mg, 90 count
$7.50 $7.50 (Publix)
$24.82 (Winn-Dixie)

Women’s Health

Drug name Publix GoodRx
Estradiol
1 mg, 90 count
$7.50$7.50 (Publix)
$10.00 (Winn-Dixie)

Final Thought

Publix’s free and low-cost meds list is another great way to lower your out-of-pocket prescription drug costs, whether you have insurance or not. For some of the drugs I researched, Publix gives GoodRx a run for its money!

Here’s my advice:

  1. If you live near a Publix Pharmacy and take any of the drugs on the list, transfer your prescription to Publix. It will most likely have the lowest price. If you want to be 100% sure, go to GoodRx.com and search nearby pharmacies for discounts.
  2. Don’t currently take any of the meds on the Publix list? Print it out or store a copy of it on your phone. If your doctor wants to prescribe you something down the road, refer them to the Publix list and ask if any of those drugs would treat your symptoms.
  3. If you don’t live near a Publix Pharmacy, look into similar programs at retailers near you. For example, Walmart has its own $4 and $10 prescription program that’s available nationwide.
  4. Search for the lowest prices using GoodRx and RxSaver. These free tools find prescription drug discounts and coupons for all types of medications. Even with insurance, the GoodRx and RxSaver prices may be lower. Learn more about how these apps work here.

YOUR TURN: Do you have any tips to lower your prescription drug costs? Share them with me in the comments below!

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