Medication price,

Sara Glatt sara119 at
Tue Jan 6 19:15:18 EST 2004

Did you ever wonder how much it costs a drug company for the active
ingredient 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 chemical synthesizers that supply the active
ingredients found in drugs approved 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 chart below speaks for





Celebrex 100 mg   $130.27      $0.60          21,712% 

Claritin      10 mg   $215.17      $0.71          30,306% 

Keflex     250 mg   $157.39      $1.88            8,372% 

Lipitor       20 mg   $272.37      $5.80           4,696% 

Norvasc    10 mg   $188.29      $0.14           134,493% 

Paxil        20 mg    $220.27      $7.60            2,898% 

Prevacid   30 mg    $44.77       $1.01             34,136% 

Prilosec    20 mg    $360.97      $0.52            69,417% 

Prozac     20 mg    $247.47      $0.11           224,973% 

Tenormin 50 mg    $104.47      $0.13             80,362% 

Vasotec   10 mg    $102.37      $0.20             51,185% 

Xanax         1mg    $136.79      $0.024        569,958% 

Zestril       20 mg   $89.89         $3.20           2,809% 

Zithromax 600mg  $1,482.19   $18.78             7,892% 

Zocor        40mg   $350.27      $8.63             4,059% 

Zoloft        50mg   $206.87      $1.75            11,821% 

***** Since the cost of prescription drugs is so outrageous, I thought
everyone I knew should know about this. Please read the following 
and pass it on. 

It pays to shop around. This helps to solve the mystery as to why they
can afford to put a Walgreens on every corner.................. 

On Monday night, Steve Wilson, an investigative reporter for channel 7
News in Detroit, did a story on generic drug price gouging by
pharmacies. He found in his investigation, that some of these generic
drugs were marked up as much as 3,000% or more. Yes, that's not a
typo..... three thousand percent! 

So often, we blame the drug companies for the high cost of drugs, and
usually rightfully so. But in this case, the fault clearly lies with the
pharmacies themselves. For example, if you had to buy a prescription
drug, and bought the name brand, you might pay $100 for 100 pills. The
pharmacist might tell you that if you get the generic equivalent, they
would only cost $80, making you think you are "saving" $20. What the
pharmacist 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 practice, and
he said that Costco consistently charged little over their cost for the
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 consistent with the
online prices. I was appalled. Just to give you one example from my own
experience, I had to use the drug, Compazine, which helps prevent nausea
in chemo patients. I used the generic equivalent, which cost $54.99 for 
60pills at CVS. I checked the price at Costco, and I! could have bought 
100 pills for $19.89. For 145 of my pain pills, I paid $72.57. I could
have got 150 at Costco for $28.08.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. 

I am asking each of you to please help me by copying this letter, and
pasting it into your own email, and send it to everyone you know with an

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