True cost of drugs......

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Janalynn, May 19, 2008.

  1. Janalynn

    Janalynn New Member

    Received this via email......


    This is worth reading. Be sure to read to the end.
    You will be amazed.

    Let's hear it for Costco!! (This is just mind-boggling!)
    Make sure you read all the way past the list of the drugs
    The woman that signed below is a Budget Analyst out of federal
    Washington , DC offices.

    Did you ever wonder how much it costs a drug company for the active
    in prescription medications? Some people think it must cost a lot, since
    many drugs
    sell for more than $2.00 per tablet. We did a search of offshore
    that supply the active ingredients found in drugs approve d by the FDA.
    As we have revealed in past issues of Life Extension, a significant
    percentage of drugs
    sold in the United States 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 data 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%

    Reflex: 250 mg
    Consumer Price (100 tablets): $157.39
    Cost of general active ingredients: $1.88
    Percent markup: 8,372%< /B>

    Lipitor: 20 mg
    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 ingr edients: $1.01
    Percent markup: 34,136%

    Prilosec : 20 mg
    Comer 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%< /B>

    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 (10 0 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
    Consume r 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 should know about this.
    Please read the following and pass it o n.
    It pays to shop around. This helps to solve the mystery as to why
    they can afford to put a Walgreen's on every corner.
    On Monday night, Steve Wilson, an investigative reporter for Channel 7
    in Detroit, did a story on generic drug price gouging by pharmacies.
    He found in his investigation, that some of these generic drugs were
    as much as 3,000% or more. Yes, that's not a typo.....three thousand
    So often, we blame the drug companies for the high cost of drugs, and
    rightfully so. But in this case, the fault clearly lies with the
    For example, if you had to buy a prescription drug, and bought the name
    you might pay $100 for 100 pills.
    The pharmacist might tell you that if you get the generic equivalent,
    only cost $80, making you think you are 'saving' $20. What the
    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
    and he said that Costco consistently charged little over their cost for
    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
    with the
    online prices. I was appalled. Just to give you one example from my own
    I had to use the drug, Compazine, which helps prevent nausea in chemo

    I used the generic equivalent, which cos t $54.99 for 60 pills at CVS.
    I checked the price at Costco, and I could have bought 100 pills for
    For 145 of my pain pills, I paid $72.57. I could have got 150 at Costco

    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. (this is

    I went there this past Thursday and asked them. I am asking each of
    you to please help me by copying this letter, and passing it into your
    own e-mail, and send it to everyone you know with an e-mail address."

    Sharon L. Davis
    Budget Analyst
    U.S.partment of Commerce
  2. hermitlady

    hermitlady Member

    Wow....this is really a crime. So many people need meds and can't afford them. Thanks for the infor about Costco. I take Provigil and Rite Aid charged about $10 per pill. I order the generic online for $2 per pill, I also get samples when I can from my drs office. My insurance wouldn't pay for it cuz it wasn't prescribed for a sleep disorder...I take it for CFS fatigue.
  3. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Well-Known Member

    Janalynn et al !

    Thanks for the interesting information. I went and checked out some of the drugs I take (and of course most of them are the highest price and non generic) and thank goodness I have insurance from whenre DH worked for 26 years. Otherwise we couldnt afford the prices. I checked some of the meds I take and my insurance still gets it alot cheaper.

    However, those of you who many not have any insurance for meds it may be a VERY good idea. Another thing is there is no Costco around here anywhere, just a Sams that is similar.

    Not sure if Costco has an on-line (mail order) service too. Then of course there may be S and H. It is crime on the prices of drugs and feel so sorry for those who really cannot afford what they need to take. Two of my drugs do not come in generic (of course) and that is for b/p. May not be able to find anything else that works in generic. WaS ALSO JUST NOTIFIED THAT ONE OF MY B/P MEDS WAS GOING UP IN JUNE - GREAT (not) !!

    Hope of some of you can take advantage of these much lower prices (if you do not have any other drug insurance).

    Hugs and blessings,


    [This Message was Edited on 05/20/2008]
  4. bevy2most

    bevy2most New Member

    great info. I have a lot of negative things to say about the mark-ups, but I do not wish to be nasty.....

    I will check out Costco, dh had a stroke 4 years ago and we pay 90.00 per month for his rx this is with discount drug cards. My rx's run about 75.00.

    Thanks again for the info,

  5. Kathleen12

    Kathleen12 New Member

    This is outragoeus! I'm ready to just go out and chew on some willow bark at these prices. Unfortunatley, we don't have Costco down here, so I'm stuck with Wal-Mart or my local small town pharmacy.

    By the way, I checked on and they said this email is true. Thanks for that bit of info.
  6. Cromwell

    Cromwell New Member

    it is so informative and how true. There has to be a reason why the drug companies will give away their drugs on PPA plans too. I am sure they claim back the FULL cost on taxes, whereas they are giving away not that much really.

    If you watch Sicko due to no mark ups the drugs in Cuba of all places are pennies each. How can we sink so low here?

    I also think the practice of using drug brokers needs stopping. Anyone can be a broker and stack these drugs in hot storage sheds or anything, I saw this once on Dateline. They buy them cheap and sit on them.

    I also heard some well know pharm stores sell out of date drugs as a matter of common practice.

    Walmart have expanded their generic drug line to many more, and they are $4.00 per scrip now. I think they have compazine, you may want to check.

    Thanks again,
  7. poets

    poets Member

    Save me a tree!!
  8. Catseye

    Catseye Member

    That's because you are paying for a patent and clinical trials. Doctors don't treat nutritional deficiencies so they can sell more drugs.

  9. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    On the CFIDS/FMS board.

    Love, Mikie
  10. greygodess

    greygodess New Member

    Walmart is also cheap on a lot of generics. I use Costco and save about $30.00 on one of my prescriptions. The rest are pretty close to the CVS I used to go to. I use to save a little more but at the first of the year Costco raised the price by a couple of dollars. Godbless
  11. Cromwell

    Cromwell New Member

    Good point! we are also paying for all that darn prime time advertising not to mention wining and dining doctors.

  12. Janalynn

    Janalynn New Member

    I thought this was more interesting for the facts of what the drugs actually cost and how much the pharmacies mark them up. I never thought the pharmacies had that much profit - guess I was wrong.

    Also - the Costco reference was just in the email - wasn't promoting going to Costco by any means.
  13. Doober

    Doober New Member

    sticking up for big Pharm here, but I do have a question.

    In the original post, it shows the cost of the "Active" ingredients. But are there not more than one ingredient in the meds? Some added to make absorbtion easier and for other reasons?

    Let's break one down such as Celebrex: $0.60 active ingredients. Is that 60 cents of active ingredients for all 100 pills? Or $0.60 per pill? 100 pills at $130 = $1.30 per pill. Minus the $0.60 = $0.70 per pill profit?

    That equation is not that bad when you think of it.

    I think the numbers need to be broken down to truly show the overall picture. This may be one of those cases of trying to stir up the ire of the general public with half the information.

    But, if the overall markups are in the thousands, that is just insane. I can understand a 100 to 500 percent markup total but those listed in the high thousands? That is just plan wrong.
  14. Cromwell

    Cromwell New Member

    ...are very cheap often not great for us, like cellulose and talc!!!

    If you look at the total profit, then I would think the active igredient cost is for the whole lot of pills!

    Here is something:

    Prescription Prilosec is about $1,350 for 100

    but OTC Prilosec (not generic) is about $100 for same amount.


    Also what about all the money the public donate to drug companies for cancer research etc?

    The day the big pharms stop creating diseases to sell pills that they cover the ads with - for eg lowering the cholesterol levels making it look as if lower levels are better for everyone (not true), lowering the bar considerably on osteoporosis,they did this when HRT market was hit due to cancer and HD links, etc. so start pushing osteoporosis pills to women next by lowering all the levels. Check it out.

    Drug companies mislead the public. They also do good research that can and does save lives, but they need to stop the former deceptive practices.

  15. Toga

    Toga Member

    My husband and I have done some shopping around and gotten doctors to cooperate.

    He takes HBP and Cholesterol drugs. He was on Lipitor and a very high priced HBP drug. The last time he went to the doctor, he told them he wanted $4 rx's from walmart. They went to the website and found some that were comparable to the high priced rx's. Talk about savings.

    I have slowly but surely switched mine to the same thing. I was on Prevacid twice a day and switched to Prilosec OTC and am saving hundreds a year. I am also on several $4 drugs too.

    Target also has $4 rx's.

    We also have a local grocery chain that sells drugs and they have several antibiotics that are free. I've never taken advantage of this as I seldom take an antibiotic. When I do its a Z-pack and its not on their list.

    Our insurance company has contracted with a mail order company. I just got the letter and information. We have to get new rx's for 90 day supplies. We send them in and they can be refilled for up to one year.

    I am going to use them for 3 of my meds but the rest are still cheaper at walmart. It is all so confusing and time consuming to get the best prices on each and every one.

    I quit Cymbalta and can't take pain meds because I break out. Once in a great while, (maybe twice a month) I'll take a Vicodin but I have to take a Benedryl with it. And there's no second dose any time soon or the Benedryl doesn't help. So my rx costs are down of late. Thank goodness.

    I recommend looking into the Walmart or Target $4 lists and trying to get doctors to rx generics on those lists. It can save lots.

    Best to all,