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The Boston Globe reports that a new survey by consumer advocacy website Consumerworld.org concludes that “groceries sold at pharmacies and drugstores are frequently more expensive than those in supermarkets - and in some cases, significantly pricier.”

The study was limited; according to the piece, “Edgar Dworsky, founder of the website, said he decided to compare the prices at six Somerville stores - Walgreens , Rite Aid, CVS , Stop & Shop, Shaw’s, and Market Basket - because of the growing number of aisles that many pharmacies are devoting to groceries.”
KC's View:
The drugstores surveyed didn’t seem to deny the charge, saying that pricing and margin decisions were based on a number of factors, and that their primary goal was to be convenient, not the cheapest.

I was amused, however, by the CVS spokesman, who told the Globe that his company “offers added savings through loyalty program discounts.” This amused me because I find the CVS loyalty program one of the most unusable systems I’ve ever encountered - all hat, no cattle.