Cost of Drugs.

As the owner of PatternPage Online Catalog I thought this info. should be passed along to as many people as possible.  This email was sent to me and I found it very interesting.  If you or your family or friends buy prescription drugs you'll want to be sure to read this!!!  I forwarded the email out to all my friends & clients after reading it and within a few hours received the following email:

Subject:  THANK YOU
Date:  Mon, 13 Sep 2004 18:19:24 +0000
THANK YOU---THANK YOU---THANK YOU !!!!!!
I use a pain killer for my arthritis that costs me $50 for 100 pills.  I checked with my local Costco and will be getting it now for $15.39.
I have passed your email onto all my friends.
 
Thanks a lot--now I will have more money to spend on patterns!!!
 
Carol Farland
Carol's Country Sampler

So please read the following information, it could save you a ton of $$$.  Please tell all your family and friends!!!

Sincerely,
Shelley Wain
PatternPage Online Catalog

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Subject:  Cost of drugs
 

The woman who signed below is a federal Budget Analyst in Washington, D.C. 
 
 Did you ever wonder how much it costs a drug company for the active ingredient in prescription medications? Some people think it must cost lot,  since many drugs sell for more than $2.00 per tablet. We did a search of offshore chemical synthesizers that supply the active ingredients found in drugs approved by the FDA. As we have revealed in past issues of Life Extension, a significant percentage of drugs sold in the United State contain active ingredients made in other countries. 
 
In our independent investigation of how much profit drug companies really make, we obtained the actual price of active ingredients used in some of the most popular drugs sold in America. The chart below speaks for itself.  
 
Celebrex 100 mg 
Consumer price (100 tablets): $130.27 
Cost of general active ingredients: $0.60 
Percent markup: 21,712% 
 
Claritin 10 mg 
Consumer Price (100 tablets): $215.17 
Cost of general active ingredients: $0.71 
Percent markup: 30,306% 
 
Keflex 250 mg 
Consumer Price (100 tablets): $157.39 
Cost of general active ingredients: $1.88 
Percent markup: 8,372% 
 
Lipitor 20 m g 
Consumer Price (100 tablets): $272.37 
Cost of general active ingredients: $5.80 
Percent markup: 4,696% 
 
Norvasc 10 mg 
Consumer price (100 tablets): $188.29 
Cost of general active ingredients: $0.14 
Percent markup: 134,493% 
 
Paxil 20 mg 
Consumer price (100 tablets): $220.27 
Cost of general active ingredients: $7.60 
Percent markup: 2,898% 
 
Prevacid 30 mg 
Consumer price (100 tablets): $44.77 
Cost of general active ingredients: $1.01 
Percent markup: 34,136% 
 
Prilosec 20 mg 
Consumer price (100 tablets): $360.97 
Cost of general active ingredients $0.52 
Percent markup: 69,417% 
 
Prozac 20 mg 
Consumer price (100 tablets) : $247.47 
Cost of general active ingredients: $0.11 
Percent markup: 224,973% 
 
Tenormin 50 mg 
Consumer price (100 tablets): $104.47 
Cost of general active ingredients: $0.13 
Percent markup: 80,362% 
 
Vasotec 10 mg 
Consumer price (100 tablets): $102.37 
Cost of general active ingredients: $0.20 
Percent markup: 51,185% 
 
Xanax 1 mg 
Consumer price (100 tablets) : $136.79 
Cost of general active ingredients: $0.024 
Percent markup: 569,958% 
 
Zestril 20 mg 
Consumer price (100 tablets) $89.89 
Cost of general active ingredients $3.20 
Percent markup: 2,809% 
 
Zithromax 600 mg 
Consumer price (100 tablets): $1,482.19 
Cost of general active ingredients: $18.78 
Percent markup: 7,892% 
 
Zocor 40 mg 
Consumer price (100 tablets): $350.27 
Cost of general active ingredients: $8.63 
Percent markup: 4,059% 
 
Zoloft 50 mg 
Consumer price: $206.87 
Cost of general active ingredients: $1.75 
Percent markup: 11,821% 
 
Since the cost of prescription drugs is so outrageous, I thought everyone I knew should know about this.  Please read the following and pass it on. It pays to shop around. This helps to solve the mystery as to why they can afford to put a Walgreens on every corner. 
 
On Monday night, Steve Wilson, an investigative reporter for Channel News in Detroit, did a story on generic drug price gouging by pharmacies.   He found in his investigation, that some of these generic drugs were marked up as much as 3,000% or more. Yes, that's not a typo ... three thousand percent! So often, we blame the drug companies for the high cost of drugs, and usually rightfully
so. But in this case, the fault clearly lies with the pharmacies themselves. 
 
For example, if you had to buy a prescription drug, and bought the name brand, you might pay $100 for 100 pills. The pharmacist might tell you that if you get the generic equivalent, they would only cost $80, making you think you are "saving" $20.  What the pharmacist is not telling you is that those 100 generic pills may have only cost him $10! 
 
At the end of the report, one of the anchors asked Mr. Wilson whether or not there were any pharmacies that did not adhere to this practice, and he said that Costco consistently charged little over their cost for the generic drugs.  I went to the Costco site, where you can look up any drug, and get its online price.  It says that the in-store prices are consistent with the online prices.  I was appalled. 
 
Just to give you one example from my own experience, I had to use the drug, Compazine, which helps prevent nausea in chemo patients.  I used the generic equivalent, which cost $54.99 for 60 pills at CVS.  I checked the price at Costco, and I could have bought 100 pills for $19.89
 
For 145 of my pain pills, I paid $72.57.  I could have got 150 at Costco for $28.08.   I would like to mention, that although Costco is a "membership" type store, you do NOT have to be a member to buy prescriptions there,  as it is a federally regulated substance.  You just tell them at the door that you wish to use the pharmacy, and they will let you in. 
 
I am asking each of you to please help me by copying this letter, and passing it into your own email, and send it to everyone you
know with an email address.
 
Sharon L. Davis 
Budget Analyst 
U.S. Department of Commerce 
Room 6839 
Office Ph: 202-482-4458 
Office Fax: 202-482-5480 


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