Lol that shit is Aleve and Nexium.
>Horizon estimates that 98% of all insured Vimovo patients pay $10 or less out of pocket.
"We just milk it out of insurers so you only pay huge premiums. Win-win!"
"An Irish drugmaker has jacked up the price of a painkiller to nearly $3,000 a bottle. The drug is 22 times more expensive than when the company acquired it in late 2013.
The sticker shock for Horizon Pharma's Vimovo drug is magnified by the fact that the painkiller's two main ingredients can be purchased separately -- for just $36.
Although patients typically pay just a fraction of the price for Vimovo, the dramatic price increase underlines what critics describe as a murky and wasteful system that ultimately leads to higher health care costs for all Americans."
I take a medication that is for 24 hour relief and contains the most common pain medication but is a new-er extended release form and therefore no generic. Doc gave me a discount pamphlet with discount card when first prescription was given that made it $25 each time. It ran out a few months back, forgetting it had been a year.
Pharmacist: okay that’ll be $1800... for 30 pills...
*the alternative is less on the streets.*
Called the doc, she read me an 8 digit code and a number to call and activate it. 5 mins on the phone and the pharmacist entering the new code: $25...
Soo ridiculous, it’s like that price was created to never be paid I don’t get it..
Edit: really. It’s not going through my insurance plan.. As said before, when they didn’t have it at CVS the first time I went to Walgreens and I got it for $25. Never gave my insurance card, which is through Caremark- CVS only.
I think because it’s new, they want doc feedback and the 1800 is a way to make sure the medicine is given with the savings card, which is tied to the doc’s name and they relay effectiveness for research and it’s a circle jerk to have patients pay $25 to be test subjects.
*Check out the website for more details on the savings card!!..* but hopefully you’ll never actually need this. Ever.
This is literally Esomeprazole and Naproxen. Why would anyone agree to buy Vimovo for $3000 a bottle when they can buy the Naproxen and Esomeprazole for $36 at Walmart?
Reality check: End consumers aren't. Pharma is dealing with insurers to force feed these drugs to consumers at these exorbitant rates because they can.
I thought costs were supposed to go down as they paid of the research and learned to make it more efficiently, right?
>It's the latest in a series of about a dozen price hikes for Vimovo, which was listed at just $138 per 60-pill bottle in November 2013. That's when Horizon acquired the drug from AstraZeneca (AZN) and began raising prices.
>The sticker shock for Horizon Pharma's Vimovo drug is magnified by the fact that the painkiller's two main ingredients can be purchased separately -- for just $36.
>Confidential rebates and side deals between drug makers, PBMs and insurers make it almost impossible to determine who is really cashing in when drug prices go up.
>"The system in the U.S. has created warped pricing. Everyone points fingers at each other and nothing gets fixed," said Samimy.
I just saw this on Netflix about Valeant Pharmaceuticals!
These guys obviously are just jealous and want to be on tv too.
It's not just painkillers, we just paid $2500 for a medicine that my wife could die without. Hooray for American healthcare
I went in for an eye exam and was prescribed some medicine. I really don’t ever do prescriptions. I’d rather just let whatever is ailing me subside on its own. It was for eye drops with steroids, since my contacts were bugging me. It came to about $43 for a small 1 oz. bottle. I asked if they had the generic brand, and they said that it was. I hesitated for a bit and eventually agreed. The pharmacist at the counter said it would take 30-45 minutes to fill. I came back after perusing the store and asked for my prescription. It was a different woman and she rang it up with a total of a little less than $10. I asked if that was the right one and she verified it. I said it was about $40. She looks it over and sees that the woman I had spoken with “found a coupon.” I was so grateful.
That woman later showed up at my work, which was about 7 miles away from where I saw her. She didn’t recognize me, but I definitely remember where I had seen her before. We were allowed, as employees, to pick one customer a day who gets their mail for free. Of course, I knew exactly who I’d pick that day.