HEALTH CARE IS changing. U.S. enrollment in health savings
accounts and high-deductible health plans (collectively known as
HSA/HDHPs) totaled 17. 4 million people in January 2014, and has
increased 15 percent annually since 2011, according to a census conducted by America’s Health Insurance Plans, the national trade association representing the health insurance industry (
While HSA/HDHPs can help reduce monthly premiums, these
plans generally require members to pay more for co-pays, office visits
and deductibles; in response, enrollees are becoming better shoppers
when it comes to out-of-pocket expenses. Costco pharmacies, routinely recognized by a leading consumer magazine as being among the
least expensive places to fill prescriptions across the nation, can help
you stretch your health-care dollars.
Costco’s full-service pharmacies accept virtually any insurance plan,
and Costco’s licensed pharmacists are highly trained to help you evaluate your options. Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to buy
your prescription medications in bulk; Costco pharmacies are able to fill
small-dosage prescriptions, and they carry a list of generics at significant
savings compared with brand names. And Costco pharmacies accept
prescriptions via electronic communication, Costco.com and on the
mobile application. They also offer additional services, such as immunizations and health clinics for heart and lung health and bone density.
Members without insurance should look into the Costco Health
Insurance Marketplace, which helps consumers and business owners in
most states understand health insurance options available to them. For
more information, visit Costco.com and search “My Insurance
Marketplace.” If you are looking to save money on your health-care
expenses, stop by our pharmacy next time you are in the warehouse.
STORAGE & DOSAGE TIPS
To learn more about Costco Pharmacy, visit
your local Costco pharmacist or click on
the “Pharmacy” link at Costco.com.
such as nasal
sneezing and itchy, watery eyes
can affect your day. Approx-
imately 50 million people in the
United States suffer from nasal
allergies, which can also cause
fatigue, sleep disturbances, learn-
ing and attention problems, and
impaired function, according to
the American College of Allergy,
Asthma and Immunology.
For the first time, Flonase,
which contains the number-one
prescribed allergy medicine,
fluticasone propionate, and has
been prescribed by doctors for
more than 20 years, will be available over-the-counter at full prescription strength.
OVER-THE-COUNTER medicines are convenient, but they
need to be used and stored
carefully to keep children
healthy and safe. Here are
some tips for parents and
caregivers from the Consumer
Healthcare Products Association website (
• Always read the label and
follow the recommended dose,
using the correct measuring
• Only use the medicine
that treats your child’s specific
symptoms; never give two or
more medicines with any of the
same active ingredients.
• Never use medicines to
sedate your child.
• Consult a doctor before
giving aspirin-containing products to children and adolescents
for cold or flu symptoms.
• Never give medicine
intended only for adults to a
• If your child develops any
side effects or reactions that
concern you, stop use of
the medication and
contact your doctor
• Store medicines
in a safe location that
is too high for young
children to reach or see (ask
houseguests to do the same);
never leave medicines out on a
kitchen counter or at a sick
• Always relock the safety
cap on a medicine bottle.
• Teach your children what
medicine is and why you must
be the one to give it to them;
never tell children medicine is
candy so they’ll take it.
• Program the Poison Center
phone number, 1-800-222-1222,
into your home and cell phones.
If you have any questions
about medicines, consult a doc-
tor, health-care provider or phar-
macist at your local Costco.
This allergy nasal spray
relieves symptoms of hay fever
or upper respiratory allergies
directly in the nose to stop
symptoms at their source, and is
approved by the Food and Drug
Administration for ages 4 and
older. If you have wanted to try
Flonase or are currently using it
by prescription, you will now be
able to avoid the cost and time
associated with acquiring a pre-
cription. Consult your doctor to
see if Flonase is right for you.
Three-packs of Flonase 50 mcg
(three-month supply) are avail-
able in your local warehouse
and on Costco.com.