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High Cost of RX Meds, My Rant

jaywaptijaywapti Senior MemberPosts: 4,958 Senior Member
Since my heart attack in 06 I have been on 6 RX meds every day, I never gave any thought to the cost as they were all "tier 1 meds" and were covered 100% by my Insurance, today i got a new RX called "Spiriva" its one of those that you inhale once a day, it must be a tier 50 as my cost was $60.00, cost to someone without insurance is $522.00 I think this is a rip off and wonder how anyone without insurance could afford it.

JAY
THE DEFINITION OF GUN CONTROL IS HITTING THE TARGET WITH YOUR FIRST SHOT

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  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 6,748 Senior Member
    I was prescribed a medicine for my stomach some years ago. It was sixty a month. Fortunately I was able to impliment aternative treatment just by dietary changes.

    Unfortunately, we may all be in a position of having to seek some sort of help for relief from the skyrocketing costs of drugs as we get older. 
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,637 Senior Member
    Big Pharma, Doctors, Hospitals, and DME.
    ALL ripoffs.
    And the socialists want to subsidize this mess...
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • FFLshooterFFLshooter Member Posts: 1,057 Senior Member
    My eyeball shot is $4200 a month. I feel your pain.
  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Posts: 4,958 Senior Member
    My eyeball shot is $4200 a month. I feel your pain.
    Ya got me there I dont know what an eyeball shot is ?????

    JAY
    THE DEFINITION OF GUN CONTROL IS HITTING THE TARGET WITH YOUR FIRST SHOT
  • FFLshooterFFLshooter Member Posts: 1,057 Senior Member
    A shot of medicine I get in the right eye once monthly.
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,156 Senior Member
    edited January 2019 #7
    My wife has been using the GoodRx app on her phone. Using it has gotten her discounts even lower than our CVS Caremark insurance card....... https://www.goodrx.com/

    Sometimes you have be creative. One of her presciptions was $540. On GoodRx it was $110. She looked for capsules instead of pills and it was $18 (she had to get the Dr to change script from pills to capsules).
    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson
  • GilaGila Posts: 1,828 Senior Member
    My wife is allergic to bees, so this...

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2016/08/22/two-senators-urge-scrutiny-epipen-price-boost/89129620/

    The good news is she has TriCare.
    No good deed goes unpunished...
  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 8,105 Senior Member
    Gila said:

    Cost works out at $90usd.
    Someone is getting ripped off.............
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,395 Senior Member
    Insulin for diabetics went up something like 1,000% in a couple of years. No change in formulation, just a deep gouge to make money. I'm not diabetic; read it in the news.
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    ― Douglas Adams
  • olesniperolesniper Senior Member Posts: 3,763 Senior Member
    jaywapti said:
    Since my heart attack in 06 I have been on 6 RX meds every day, I never gave any thought to the cost as they were all "tier 1 meds" and were covered 100% by my Insurance, today i got a new RX called "Spiriva" its one of those that you inhale once a day, it must be a tier 50 as my cost was $60.00, cost to someone without insurance is $522.00 I think this is a rip off and wonder how anyone without insurance could afford it.

    JAY
    Been taking Spiriva for a while. Company insurance uses Express Scripts for all our meds. Maintenance medicines are shipped to my house, 3 months at a time. Last year, all name brand meds had a $50 copay. This year, it went up to $187.50........no notice or nuttin. When I called HR, they didn't know it had gone up. It was buried in our list of "benefits" but nobody knew it. When people start getting their credit card statements, it's gonna hit the fan.
    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil: For I carry a .308 and not a .270
  • Make_My_DayMake_My_Day Senior Member Posts: 7,669 Senior Member
    I once read somewhere that the reason prescription drugs are so expensive in the U.S. is that socialized medicine countries demand and get large discounts on drugs, and that Americans that buy the same drugs are subsidizing the discounts that other countries receive. If true, that system should be abolished.
    JOE MCCARTHY WAS RIGHT:
    THE DEMOCRATS ARE THE NEW COMMUNISTS!
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 16,128 Senior Member
    I think a big part of it is because there is very little pricing transparency in the medical industry. When people consent to getting prescriptions and medical care, price is never a consideration. People don't call me to work on their homes then let me bill them essentially "whatever" afterward, but that is exactly what they do with health care and prescriptions.

    I can see it being different for emergency care, but for every day stuff, there is really no excuse.
    Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
    -Thomas Paine
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Big Pharma claims it is because of money needed for research & development............which is crap. How long have some of them drugs been on the market. Aren't they protected by copyright laws for so many years before anyone can make a generic version?

    I guess they put the screws to consumers for as long as they can.  Who was that guy who jacked up the cost of some kinda injectors from $100 to $600 overnight after he took control of the company. He was called 'The most hated man in America'.
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
    Words of wisdom from Big Chief: Flush twice, it's a long way to the Mess Hall
    I'd rather have my sister work in a whorehouse than own another Taurus!
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,156 Senior Member
    Big Chief said:
    Big Pharma claims it is because of money needed for research & development............which is crap. How long have some of them drugs been on the market. Aren't they protected by copyright laws for so many years before anyone can make a generic version?

    I guess they put the screws to consumers for as long as they can.  Who was that guy who jacked up the cost of some kinda injectors from $100 to $600 overnight after he took control of the company. He was called 'The most hated man in America'.
    She.........................https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/08/fda-approves-generic-version-of-mylans-600-epipens-but-the-price-is-tbd/

    The approval comes years after Mylan outraged patients and lawmakers by ruthlessly hiking the price of its product by more than 400 percent. Mylan purchased the rights to EpiPen in 2007 and gradually raised the list price from about $50 per auto-injector to slightly over $600 for a two-pack. The move boosted EpiPen profits to $1.1 billion a year. In step, Mylan CEO Heather Bresch saw her salary soar by millions, reaching nearly $19 million in 2015a point lawmakers hammered her for during a House Oversight Committee hearing in September of 2016.
    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson
  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,221 Senior Member
    ....and until we....as Americans...collectively put down the microwave popcorn and turn off the bachelor, start demanding Congress do something other than collect paychecks and run their mouths at each other....nothing is going to change.

    Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
    Winston Churchill
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
    Words of wisdom from Big Chief: Flush twice, it's a long way to the Mess Hall
    I'd rather have my sister work in a whorehouse than own another Taurus!
  • kansashunterkansashunter Senior Member Posts: 1,812 Senior Member
    It's not just the drug companies, insurance plays a role in this also. I changed carriers a little over a year ago and I can't use my local pharmacy, I have to use CVS. My doc changed one of my meds and we had not been able to get to the cvs so I called my insurance co. and they told me I could get a 1 month supply here and then get a 90 day from cvs. My copay was $287.00 so I called cvs and they were $287.00 for I month or $30.00 for 90 days. Makes no sense.
  • FFLshooterFFLshooter Member Posts: 1,057 Senior Member
    As unhealthy as I am and as many expensive prescriptions that I’m on and will be on for life, I still believe it’s the right of a business to charge whatever they see fit for their product.
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,637 Senior Member
    ...Mylan CEO Heather Bresch saw her salary soar by millions, reaching nearly $19 million in 2015
    More of the vaunted "executive class"...
    But they know what's best for us peons.
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 6,748 Senior Member
    Crony capitalism.
    Corporate socialism. ;)
  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Posts: 6,973 Senior Member
    Just got my Rituxan sub-q shot today, last of six.  Cost to manufacturer, $3300, cost to hospital, $9900, billed to insurance, $19,800.  My out of pocket...  new year new deductible, $2500 for this visit.  I was in the office for 2 hours, and the hospital made over $10,000 gross profit on the visit.

    D
    "A patriot is mocked, scorned and hated; yet when his cause succeeds, all men will join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot." Mark Twain
    Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.... now who's bringing the hot wings? :jester:
  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Posts: 4,958 Senior Member
    BigDanS said:
    Just got my Rituxan sub-q shot today, last of six.  Cost to manufacturer, $3300, cost to hospital, $9900, billed to insurance, $19,800.  My out of pocket...  new year new deductible, $2500 for this visit.  I was in the office for 2 hours, and the hospital made over $10,000 gross profit on the visit.

    D
    Hi Dan, I smypathize (sp) with you but you have to understand this is where the money comes from to treat all the illegals for free.

    JAY
    THE DEFINITION OF GUN CONTROL IS HITTING THE TARGET WITH YOUR FIRST SHOT
  • rberglofrberglof Senior Member Posts: 2,656 Senior Member
    I turned 72 on the 14th of this month and I do not take any prescription drugs and have been to the doctor 2 times in the last 2 years, the last time for a physical. My insurance company raised my rates for 2018 and 19 so just dumped them today. I will be paying a copay now that i didn't have before of 10 dollars a visit but the cost per month is 140 dollars cheaper.
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