Largest U.S. Grocery Company Rolls Out Discount Drug Program

Kroger and about a dozen other grocery store brands now offer exclusive discounts on common prescription drugs. Here's how it works.

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The Kroger Co. is launching a new program that promises to slash prescription drug prices by up to 85 percent for folks across the country, the corporation recently announced.

The program is called the Kroger Rx Savings Club and will be available at multiple chains that are part of the Kroger Co., including the Kroger grocery store chain. Others in the program include:

  • City Market
  • Dillons
  • Fred Meyer
  • Fry’s
  • Gerbes
  • King Soopers
  • Mariano’s
  • Pick ‘n Save
  • QFC
  • Ralphs
  • Smith’s

The Kroger Co. developed the Rx Savings Club in partnership with GoodRx, a free tool we detail in “6 Websites That Will Slash Your Prescription Drug Costs.” The company says it’s rolling out the new program nationwide this month.

How the Kroger Rx Savings Club works

Members of the Kroger Rx Savings Club can get discounts of up to 85 percent on commonly prescribed generic medications for conditions that are common in the U.S., according to the Kroger Co.

There are three main tiers of discounts for the drugs included in the program:

  • 30-day or 90-day supplies (free)
  • 30-day ($3) and 90-day ($6) supplies
  • 30-day ($6) and 90-day ($12) supplies

The drugs that will be free through the program are:

  • Amlodipine
  • Lisinopril
  • Lisinopril-HCTZ
  • Metformin IR
  • Montelukast
  • Sertraline

You can search for specific drugs on the Kroger Rx Savings Club website to find out if medications that you or your household takes are available through the program and what they would cost.

You can also search for participating pharmacies on the program website. The Kroger Co. is the second-largest retailer and the largest grocery store company in the U.S. by sales, according to the National Retail Federation. So, the chances are good that its new program is available at a pharmacy near you.

Joining the Kroger Rx Savings Club costs $36 per year for an individual and $72 per year for families of up to six people. According to the program’s website, individual members would save $461 per year, on average, and families would save $1,064.

More ways to save on prescription drugs

You don’t need to join the Kroger Rx Savings Club to get medications for free. Several unrelated supermarket chains offer medications to customers for free, as we detail in “5 Grocery Store Chains That Offer Free Prescription Drugs.”

For plenty of other ways to find cheaper medications, check out “10 Expert Tips for Slashing Prescription Drug Costs.”

What’s your take on this news? Would you pay an annual membership fee for access to drug discounts? Let us know why or why not — comment below or on our Facebook page.

Karla Bowsher
Karla Bowsher
I’m a freelance journalist and former newspaper reporter who has covered both personal and public finance. I've worked for a top 50 major metro daily and a community newspaper as well as ... More

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