An increasing numbers of Americans are unemployed they are losing their health care benefits and need to buy prescriptions with their hard held cash. Recently it became time for me to get a refill on a prescription for a drug called Nasonex and what I found in the process is upsetting and disturbing AND very expensive.
I am an allergy sufferer. For years I have been miserable and made others around me miserable as well. Finally after much trial and error I found the solution: a change in climate and Nasonex. Finding something that finally worked is life changing…
But, let me tell you what I found out next. Maybe you have had a similar experience and I hope that you will let us know how you were able to resolve it.
1. While I had insurance the co-pay was $30 for a non-generic drug. This product does not have a generic substitute available.
2. When I went to buy it in cash while I wait for new insurance coverage I called a couple major pharmacies and the price ranged from $104 to $109. Almost $80 extra out of my pocket!
3. I was appalled that any nose spray would cost over $100! It’s not cocaine I was trying to buy here. (I tend to get overly dramatic when I’m angry) How can nose drops cost more than $10 to manufacture?
4. My next step was to Goggle and try to find the cost of manufacturing for the drug to see what ingredients could possibly justify either gouging people with this price or passing it onto the insurance companies so that everyone’s premiums would eventually go up. I was not able to find the manufacturing cost however what I did find was that the product until 2006 had been manufactured in Puerto Rico. Aren’t we told that drug prices are so high because of research and high wages of American workers?
Excerpt from news article, link below:
Breaking News on Pharmaceutical Technology
Schering-Plough axes 1,100 jobs as it cuts down on manufacturing
By Gregory Roumeliotis, 08-Jun-2006
Determined to reduce costs in its manufacturing operations, Schering-Plough has announced the loss of 1,100 positions in manufacturing sites in Puerto Rico and New Jersey, aiming to save $100m (€78.1m) a year….
“The company said 550 regular full-time positions will be lost from its Manati site in Puerto Rico, which makes allergy nasal spray Nasonex and nasal decongestant spray Afrin.”
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What can we do?
If you have not heard yet, Wal-Mart and Kmart offer $4 and $5 prescription programs for many generic drugs. They are literally a lifesaver for those who would otherwise have to choose been food and medication. Unfortunately, Nasonex does not qualify under the program.
Wal-Mart $4 Prescriptions
Kmart $5 Prescriptions
I started to look into Canadian Pharmacies and found a couple that offered this same over $100 drug for $38.99 to $49.00. Better than ½ price! How can this be possible?
Canadian Pharmacy Links:
When I spoke to one of these companies earlier in the evening they cautioned that there are many pretenders in the business. They said to look at the site and insure that it had a button for pharmacychecker,com and cipa.com. Make sure to click them to insure they are authentic. These are the Canadian requirement to insure quality and safety I think such as our Better Business bureau would be.
So, here are the questions:
1. Has anyone ordered from a Canadian Pharmacy?
2. What was your experience? Is there one you can recommend or warn everyone to stay away from?
3. Are there any readers in Canada who can point us in the right direction?
4. Are there any bloggers who have done a post on this subject? I would be happy to add the links of the pros and cons of mail order.
I have stood in line behind elderly people in the pharmacy and the amount of their monthly drug bill is astronomical compared to the older clothing they wear and possibly cannot afford to replace. It would seem possible to use almost an entire Social Security check to keep one's blood pressure down. As I sit with my sinus headache I contemplate what decision I will make and would like to hear your thoughts.
Gather Little by Little has sent the following links to the discussion. Thank you!