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Some Americans pay up to 10 times more for common drugs, survey shows - MUST READ

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Post by Lobo Tue 01 Dec 2015, 5:14 pm

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Americans spent $374 billion on prescription drugs last year, but results from a new national survey finds they could be spending up to 10 times more than is necessary for common medications.
Consumer Reports hired secret shoppers to make more than 300 phone calls to more than 200 pharmacies around the country, requesting prices for five common generic drugs.

"(We) discovered enormous price variations around the country, but also within the same zip code," Consumer Reports prescription drug editor Lisa Gill told "CBS This Morning" Tuesday. "Most people would not think, 'Hey, I'm going to pick up the phone and call around,' but you can save a bundle of money if you do."
The cost of Cymbalta, a popular antidepressant, ranged from $249 at Walgreens -- with a discount -- to $43 at Costco, located only a few miles away.
A monthly supply of a generic blood thinner, Plavix, cost $150 at CVS, but just $16 at Costco.
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Overall, wholesale stores such as Costco emerged with the lowest prices. Furthermore, Costco does not require a membership to fill prescriptions at its pharmacies.
Consumer Reports asked the popular warehouse store about its significantly cheaper prices.
"They said, 'We don't have drive-thrus, we close on Sundays, we close early on the evenings...,'" said Gill. "Just not as many services, but they offer rock-bottom prices."
At the other end of the spectrum, major retail stores such as CVS and Rite Aid had the heftiest price tags. Reps from both retailers told Consumer Reports that "two or three percent of our business is cash business."
"But that's a lot of people," Gill said.
In response to CBS News' inquiry for comment, CVS Corporate Communications Senior Director Mike DeAngelis said, "The drug price provided by one pharmacy in response to a survey may be the cost under a cash discount program while a different pharmacy may provide the full retail price for the same drug, which creates an inaccurate comparison."
But Consumer Reports also found that even those who have insurance could be overpaying -- and more surprisingly, sometimes not using insurance at all could save money.
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"If your insurance doesn't cover your drug well, we discovered a third of Americans who take drugs... told us they experience spikes at the pharmacy counter. They spend up to $100 or more," Gill said.
Only 17 percent of Americans shop around for a lower price, but Gill said this is the smarter move for your wallet. When Consumer Reports' secret shoppers negotiated for "best deals," they discovered a dramatic change in prices.
"That's where we saw discounts in lots of cases," said Gill. "One pharmacy offered us a drug at $75. And we asked, 'What is the lowest possible deal you could give us because we're not going to use insurance?' They said $21 instead."
To get the best deals for prescription drugs, Consumer Reports advises consumers to:

  • Call around
  • Offer to pay cash
  • Ask for discounts or coupons
  • Check for monthly price changes
  • Confirm prescription plan drug tiers

"Shopping for medication should not be like shopping or a car, you should not have to haggle, you should not have to make comparison but the price differences turn out to be so incredible that if you don't have insurance -- or if the insurance isn't working very well, you have no choice," said Gill.
Visit consumerreports.org for more resources and information on how to vet fair drug prices.
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/consumer-reports-survey-finds-varying-prescription-drug-prices-across-country/
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Post by fonz1951 Tue 01 Dec 2015, 6:37 pm

i just started taking a drug called harvoni for my hepatitis c that i contracted when i had an auto accident in 1994 and had to have a blood transfusion. i about passed out when i found out how much it costs. it has a cure rate of 96 to 98% which is great, but, a 30 day supply is $35,000.00 and i have to take it for 8 weeks, so in the end the cost is about 70,000.00, i also was lucky enough to find copay assistance and each prescription is a $5.00 copay.i sure am grateful that i have good insurance that paid for the medicine. can you imagine having to come up with that kind of money ? if not for my insurance i guess i would have had to let the disease run it's course and just die. i sure am a lucky man and i thank god for it.
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Post by Lobo Tue 01 Dec 2015, 6:42 pm

Fonz, so glad you have good insurance and that you are going to be OK, Praise God, for He is good all the time
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Post by fonz1951 Tue 01 Dec 2015, 6:49 pm

Lobo wrote:Fonz, so glad you have good insurance and that you are going to be OK, Praise God, for He is good all the time

yes he is. i went last monday to my doctor and they drew blood to test to see if the medicine is working and they told me the virus was still detectable, but the amount they detected is so small they can't even measure it.so it is looking really good so far, i will know in about 30 more days if it completely defeated the virus, so i will keep you posted if you want.
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Post by Lobo Tue 01 Dec 2015, 6:57 pm

Fonz, I would like you to keep me posted.  Sounds like you are going to be complete well, Praise God.

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Post by fonz1951 Tue 01 Dec 2015, 8:41 pm

Lobo wrote:Fonz, I would like you to keep me posted.  Sounds like you are going to be complete well, Praise God.

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i will keep you posted and thanks for your concern, i fully intend to fight all the way.
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Post by csd9013 Tue 01 Dec 2015, 9:32 pm

Great news, fonz. 

Hubby's cardio doctor and the insurance company are in a battle. The doc put Hubby on 1 Brilinta twice a day. The insurance company said that was too much and they want the doctor to cut it back to 1 pill per day. The doctor says Hubby can't miss one dose for the first year or he could have another heart attack, blood clot or stroke. When I got to the pharmacy and the clerk told me the insurance wouldn't pay and why I thought I will just pay for it. $800 without insurance, I wanted to cry. I called the doctor who gave Hubby enough samples for a month which he said gave him time to argue with the insurance company.

I know the insurance companies have doctors on staff but they are probably doctors without license and they don't know the particulars of Hubby's case.
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Post by Lobo Tue 01 Dec 2015, 9:55 pm

Hi csd, my prayers are with you and your hubby.
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Post by csd9013 Tue 01 Dec 2015, 10:02 pm

Lobo wrote:Hi csd, my prayers are with you and your hubby.

Thanks, Lobo.
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Post by fonz1951 Wed 02 Dec 2015, 5:56 pm

csd9013 wrote:Great news, fonz. 

Hubby's cardio doctor and the insurance company are in a battle. The doc put Hubby on 1 Brilinta twice a day. The insurance company said that was too much and they want the doctor to cut it back to 1 pill per day. The doctor says Hubby can't miss one dose for the first year or he could have another heart attack, blood clot or stroke. When I got to the pharmacy and the clerk told me the insurance wouldn't pay and why I thought I will just pay for it. $800 without insurance, I wanted to cry. I called the doctor who gave Hubby enough samples for a month which he said gave him time to argue with the insurance company.

I know the insurance companies have doctors on staff but they are probably doctors without license and they don't know the particulars of Hubby's case.

i guess i am lucky because what my doctor did was recommend 3 months of treatments, knowing the insurance company would agree to pay for 2 months.it worked and i'm glad of it. i am terribly sorry to hear about your husband and your situation.may god be with you both. with any luck the insurance company will get their head out of their backside and pay up. let me know.

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