Amazon’s price for Propecia is lower than the three conventional retailers surveyed in this blog post. But eDrugstore.com’s price is competitive and a great deal when you also consider the convenience of seeing a doctor online to write your prescription.
Recommended by the American Hair Loss Association as “the first line of attack for all men interested in treating their male pattern baldness,” finasteride has been shown in clinical trials to halt the progression of hair loss in the vast majority of male participants.
In the previously mentioned clinical trials, finasteride — the active ingredient in Propecia — stopped the progression of hair loss in 86 percent of men who took the drug. And 65 percent of the participants in those clinical trials reported significant new hair growth.
This blog post looks at both the effectiveness of Propecia/finasteride against male pattern baldness and the drugs’ current prices at a trio of conventional retailers. Stop & Shop is a supermarket chain that operates primarily in the northeastern United States, while Giant Food Stores has supermarkets in the Middle Atlantic states. Costco is a warehouse discount club with stores throughout the country.
And we’ll also track prices at Amazon, a recent entry to the prescription drug market.
For comparison’s sake, this post also reports on currently posted prices for 1 milligram Propecia and finasteride at eDrugstore.com, a longtime online prescription drug service.
Among the three brick-and-mortar retailers, Costco currently has the lowest price for Propecia at $4.01 for a 1 milligram tablet. However, Giant and Stop & Shop are only slightly higher, both charging $4.06 per tablet. Both are pennies above or below the August average of $4.04.
Amazon, however, now has the lowest price for Propecia at $3.54 for a 1 milligram tablet, down from $4.91 in May and a return to previous prices.
Finasteride Prices Dropped
When it comes to Propecia’s generic equivalent, finasteride, the price has dropped significantly in August. Giant and Stop & Shop prices for the generic drug are identical at $0.67 per tablet. Costco’s price has also dropped, but only to $0.78. Amazon’s price is again the lowest at $0.47. All four retail prices are significantly lower than the average cost of $0.71 per pill.
One of the most competitive deals available comes from online supplier eDrugstore, which charges $5.36 for a 1 milligram tablet of Propecia and only $0.59 for a similar-sized tablet of finasteride. And eDrugstore’s competitive prices are just the beginning of the savings and convenience you can realize by ordering these drugs online.
Advantages of Ordering Online
Ordering online cuts out the bothersome travel to and from the pharmacy, not to mention the time spent waiting for the pharmacist to fill your prescription. And if you simply don’t have time to fit a doctor’s visit into your busy schedule, eDrugstore has you covered there as well. It can schedule a complimentary online consultation with a licensed U.S. physician who can authorize a prescription if appropriate. This could represent a significant savings in both time and money.
If you do opt to order online, our fulfillment team will quickly fill your order, package it discreetly, and ship it off to you free of charge. Enclosed with all first orders is a free pill-splitter, which can help you to cut down even further on the costs of certain prescription drugs. To learn more, visit our hair loss page.
Dan is a long-time freelance writer focusing on technology, science, health, and medicine, with a lifelong interest in physics, biology, and medicine. His work has taken a particular focus on scientific studies “beyond the headlines,” reading the study to more closely examine the results.