How Stupid Does The Pharmaceutical Company Think We Are?

United States
September 19, 2008 1:01pm CST
They make a huge deal on how they made Claritin and Zyrtec over the counter to where you dont have to have a prescription for it (at least in the USA) well if you do the math and you had prescription insurance before then im sure that most of you have realized that the price of it being OTC is MORE expensive than the copays.. yeah your not paying full prescription price as you would if you hadnt had insurance BUT if you had then here is how it would break down.. i know with my insurance my copays are like 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 50 and up.. or something like that for a month supply.. well on both i was paying AT MOST 25 but i think it was usually like 10-15 dollars.. well if you buy it how it is now then it breaks down to this claritin (based upon walgreens prices) $5.99 for FIVE pills.. a month $23.96 plus tax.. im pretty sure i was like paying 10-15 so that is at LEAST 8-10+ BUCKS MORE A MONTH!! http://www.walgreens.com/store/product.jsp?CATID=100094&navAction=jump&navCount=0&skuid=sku385410&id=prod385409 Zyrtec (based again on walgreens prices) is $14.99 for 14 so to get almost a month it would be $29.98 and i think i paid 10 bucks in copay so that would be a 19.98 hike in what i would pay http://www.walgreens.com/store/product.jsp?CATID=100094&navAction=jump&navCount=2&skuid=sku3663982&id=prod3665136 like i said if you DONT have insurance this is a godsend.. but if you did your probably getting screwed!!
4 responses
@uath13 (8207)
• United States
19 Sep 08
Aw geeez, they were hoping you were too doped up on the medications to notice that.
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• United States
19 Sep 08
they will have to wait a long time on me since nothing seems to knock me out of it.. now i may have some blond moments but not stupid enough to lose money
@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
19 Sep 08
Walgreens is always to least 20% more than other store prices. You have really good copays on your insurance. I don't think I ever had copays that low except when I was on the military insurance. The best I had was United Health Care, for most generic it was $10. However, I found a lot of medication had no copays just a discount attached to it.
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@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
19 Sep 08
Nah, the insurance company copays didn't cover certain meds, but the gave a percentage off. This is when I was with Coventry. Thankfully I am not on any recurring meds because I don't have health insurance. For awhile we had 2 companies, I was covered for free with the company I was whit and then - since it was $30 a month - I was also covered under my husbands plan through United Health Care. I quit my job in May when we moved and then he lost his job in July. This is the first time in my entire lief that I haven't had health insurance. My just started as an employee at his current job and we won't be eligible for heath insurance until November or December. Even so, we may not be able to have both of us covered. The job I just started doesn't offer health insurance.
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• United States
19 Sep 08
yeah im losing health insurance as of the 1st of october and will probably be out for 3 months.. its scary!!
• United States
20 Sep 08
Thats okay when i was on Claritin i had a rx for it and got it that way even though it was OTC too. I did get it at a better price. What drives me nuts is that you are only allowed to buy so much a month which i think is two boxs. I understand why they are doing it but its bother some.
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@Vladilyich1 (1454)
• Canada
22 Sep 08
They think we're absolutely dumber than dirt! Not only that, they're making more profit on the OTC because they're only half the strength of the prescription.
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• United States
25 Sep 08
which will make a lot of people take double the amount they are suppose to they are selling even more..