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Best price/source minocycline?

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  • Best price/source minocycline?

    Anyone care to share where best option for buying 30days worth of minocycline? Horse needs total of 150mg x 44 capsules per day. Price seems to bounce between the pharmacy capsules and compounded. Also--I know the compound pharmacy makes several different options, high MG capsules, powder, or even a oil..........but I can't get pricing quotes on it from them because I'm not a vet and my vet doesn't have a lot of time to dick about on the phn running numbers for me with them.

    tips appreciated.

  • #2
    I got mine from Walgreens which has a "Prescription Savings Club" for $20 a year. My vet said it was cheaper than the compounding pharmacy they usually use and I saved a few hundred dollars off the regular price (for 60 days treatment).


    • Original Poster

      wow! holy sheet! Thanks! will look into that!


      • #4
        I just paid $400 for 30 days of compounded minocycline through Wedgewood.


        • Original Poster

          Originally posted by LuvMyTB View Post
          I just paid $400 for 30 days of compounded minocycline through Wedgewood.
          Which form did you get ?


          • #6
            Originally posted by Dutchmare433 View Post
            I got mine from Walgreens which has a "Prescription Savings Club" for $20 a year. My vet said it was cheaper than the compounding pharmacy they usually use and I saved a few hundred dollars off the regular price (for 60 days treatment).
            Below are Walgreen's prices - minocycline is on page 2.


            If I did my math correctly, a 30-day treatment as per OP's description would run $1,320. Wedgewood sounds like it could be worth looking into.


            • #7
              Originally posted by OneTwoMany View Post

              Below are Walgreen's prices - minocycline is on page 2.


              If I did my math correctly, a 30-day treatment as per OP's description would run $1,320. Wedgewood sounds like it could be worth looking into.
              Mine was half that for 60 days, 34 pills per day. Just looked at the receipt.


              • #8
                Also give Costco a call. I ended up using doxy this last Lyme round but for both doxy and minocycline, their prices were fabulous. I didn't check Walgreens though.

                Also, while Costco does fill veterinary prescriptions, they don't do it all that often, so after the pharmacist looked at the prescription for 3,224 pills, she looked at me with great concern in her eyes and asked me if I was okay.


                • Original Poster

                  Thanks everyone. I had been under the impression Wedgewood was the way to go. But I haven't been able to find out what the pricing differences are between powder, 500mg capsules, or their 300mg per ml oil. I kind of surmised capsules might be cheapest as they tend to be cheapest most drugs and I don't mind dissolving in water to mix with feed.

                  I have on hand enough for 10 days so have some time to play cheapskate finding the best deal ;-)

                  I've use the GoodRx website and "coupons" for myself to find great deals. Tried it and found I can get mino 100mg x500 tabs for $187 from local pharmacy --basically a formulary bottle. Valley Vet has the same for $178. I will check out the costco connection.


                  • #10
                    Geez, Walgreens doesn't make it easy They used to have pricing available on their website. Enter in what you needed, and BAM--you could see pricing with and without the savings card. Sometimes you had to play around with pill size to get the best price, but it was all available to the consumer without having to go anywhere or talk to anyone.

                    Now that's all gone? What a bummer.

                    I also used the savings card from Walgreens for a horse. Not for this med, though. It was 100% the cheapest place to source back then.

                    I did find this for CostCo. Worth noting that 50 mg may be their "standard" size...often you can get a pretty stellar deal if you stick with whatever strength they usually stock.


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Venture Cat View Post

                      Which form did you get ?


                      • #12
                        My horse was on Minocycline last year for internal pigeon fever and Costco had the best prices. He got 23 capsules twice a day.


                        • Original Poster

                          update-- I ended up getting a good price coupon thru that I could use right at my local Hannaford pharmacy in north east. worked out to $188 per 500 capsule bottle of 100mg . Factoring shipping, hassle, vs going and picking it up locally with extended evening hours and weekend the price was good. $10 more than valley vet, $30 less than direct from vet. Probably a bit more than wedgewood, but I was having PITA getting it all sorted between vet-wedgewood-me coming into a holiday weekend.

                          I work in human medicine--patients told me about GoodRx--- varies whether they can offer a deal or not but I see some significant discounts thru ---and there is no problem using for pets. Any coupon rx deal they offer may be used for pet.

                          I wish wedgewood would get set up so you could place your own order like Valley Vet---then they contact the vet for authorization. The vet and staff just don't have time to diddly crap around looking stuff up/pricing. My vet was on vaca and her tech couldn't log in to their wedgewood account even though she had permission to. I said, the heck with this hassle, I need to get the meds right away.


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Venture Cat View Post
                            I wish wedgewood would get set up so you could place your own order like Valley Vet---then they contact the vet for authorization. The vet and staff just don't have time to diddly crap around looking stuff up/pricing.
                            It has been this way for a long time. You need to send a copy of the Rx or have the vet call in the Rx before you can get a price from Wedgewood. As a NJ licensed compounding pharmacy, I understand they are subject to additional regulations that a Valley Vet or a grocery store may not have to observe. Having said that, they are very nice people to work with and are often one of the most competitive options. It is usually worth the extra effort if you don't need the meds immediately.