What is a cash price?
A cash price is the pharmacy's retail price. This is the price that the pharmacy would charge for a specific prescription if you were to purchase the medication without using any insurance or discounts.
Think of a cash price like a car’s sticker price—this is what you pay if you don’t have insurance or if your insurance company won’t cover that drug (it’s not on their “formulary,” which happens more often than you’d think).
When will GoodRx list a cash price?
If there is a cash price estimate available for your prescription, it will appear in one of two places.
- When the lowest available price is a cash price, it will appear in black, it will have CASH underneath the price, and instead of a Get Coupon button, you'll see a grey No coupon necessary box.
- When a pharmacies cash price is not the lowest price available, you'll see the cash price crossed out in grey to the left of the lowest available coupon, marked “est cash price.” We provide the estimated cash price to show you how much you'll save by using the coupon. As long as you use the listed coupon, you should pay the price listed above the with free coupon note.
Where does GoodRx get their cash prices from?
GoodRx's cash prices are based on multiple sources, including published price lists, purchases, claims records, and data provided by pharmacies.
- Some prices are based on the average cash price paid for a particular prescription at a specific pharmacy or chain. In these instances, we gather data that tells us what Americans are paying for specific drugs at various pharmacies.
- Other pharmacy cash prices are based on published pricing lists. Some pharmacies (usually grocery stores or big-box stores like Walmart) offer very cheap cash prices for certain generic drugs. Many pharmacies publish a list of popular generic drugs with cheap cash prices. Some pharmacies even offer certain drugs for free!
Generic drug program prices may vary at certain pharmacies depending on laws within a state. Click here to learn more.