Prescription Drug Rip-Off? False Balances?

Posted: January 31, 2008 in false balances, Prescription Drugs
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I haven’t had to get a prescription in two years. Before I had a Prescription Card with a $20 co-pay. No big deal. We always used the same pharmacist (CVS). Now we have a health plan that is designed for major sickness only. (High deductible etc) All we have is a “discount” Medco RX plan card. I think it only saves us if we do mail order.

I had heard people in my church crying over prescription prices, Medicare, etc. I heard how much some of their prescriptions were costing, but it went in one ear and out the other. I went to a clinic today and got three prescriptions. Since I was paying cash I wanted to do some ‘comparison’ shopping.

Here are the surprising results:

Store A

Store B

Store C

Store D

Store E

$152.99

$245.65

$206.54

$210.99

$214.99

49.99

46.69

43.36

28.89

25.75

24.99

25.89

28.99

36.89

20.99

Money in pills What is wrong with this picture? Why is there as much as 50% difference between prices from one pharmacy to the next? As it worked out, I bought the prescriptions at three different pharmacies!

I think that prices are all over the place because consumers don’t really care. We either pay a co-pay or let Medicare pay or go without! It seems that there could be more uniform pricing on drugs. By the way-the high price drug was branded, the others were generic. I can understand the difference in generic, because it depends on the wholesaler or brand. But the branded drug-come on, a $93.00 difference? Who is getting ripped off here? I assure you, it is we, uncaring consumers.

Solomon wrote: “A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is his delight”. Proverbs 11:1 (ESV) 19:35

False BalanceThe Law warns: “You shall do no wrong in judgment, in measures of length or weight or quantity. 36 You shall have just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin: Leviticus 19:35

I believe prescription pill pricing borders on the “abomination” scale of God’s Righteous expectations. I hope something is done about it in the upcoming administration. We need to bring sense back to Pharmacy prices.

With the mushrooming growth in our “older” population, I can understand why there are so many Walgreen’s and CVS pharmacies being built. Pills must be very profitable. A gal told me that her daughter graduated from college as a Pharmacist and is earning $130,000 a year. That is the starting salary! There is gold in them thar pills!

I suspect that something will be done soon, to bring justice to pill pricing. In the meantime-it pays to call around if you are paying cash!

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