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A recent survey among generic drugs indicates that prices for these non-name brand drugs are going up. If you are interested in finding out more continue reading. An individual who we will call Lisa recently made a purchase at her pharmacy. She was buying acid reflux pills as prescribed to her by her doctor. The cost of her prescription was relatively inexpensive when purchased through her insurance. However, Lisa, who happens to also be a registered nurse, found out about how much these pills were costing her insurance, became extremely upset.

She noticed that her insurance company had paid almost $700 for this particular prescription medication and decided to call a consumer group known as the Consumer Watchdog to further look into the matter. This extremely high priced medication affects our healthcare costs as a whole, Lisa concluded. Trickle-down economics is based on common sense. The higher price that pharmaceutical companies charge quickly trickles its way down to the consumer.

The problem of overpriced prescriptions is not only limited to acid reflux meds. Another study discovered that medications go up in price drastically. A cream called Nystatin was originally priced at $2.00 on one day and the following day rose to almost $64. Another antibiotic known as Doxycyclen was one day priced at five cents per pill and then went up to $2.00 per pill. The interesting part is that these medications have been around since the 1800s and made from inexpensive plant matter.

Another study done by a firm know as Pembroke Consulting found out that almost one-third of all generic drugs have gone up in price. More than 10 of these generic medications surveyed had actually increased in price by a whopping 2000%. Pembroke Consulting went on to say that supply and demand is often times the problem. Generic drug prices go up when supply is down and demand continues. Prices fall when supply is plentiful and demand weakens.

To conclude our article I will mention that Lisa found a cheaper alternative to the one that she was prescribed which save both her and the insurance company some money. Therefore, it is very important to always be on the lookout for rising and falling drug prices. If one medication is extremely overpriced look for a cheaper alternative if possible. Lastly, it is also possible to find cheaper safe medications when shopping online. Israelpharm is a legitimate online source for brand and generic medications and can save you thousands of dollars a year on your prescription medication bill.

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  • My dear friend

    it is true that the prices of Generic medicines which come under life saving drugs are high .Recently in india , government has made restriction in pricing drugs by different manufactures
    the middlemen between manufactures and end user taking 100 % to 200% profit margin in some life saving drugs according to survey by medical authorities of government of india
    so government interfered the pricing system of scheduled drugs and made an instruction to manufactures that no drugs are to be sold or supplied under a list of drugs chartered by government , over priced . So manufactures reduce the price of drugs , some 100% and some 50% of the earlier price . There was a protest from retail medical stores , finding there profits are coming down and tried to boycott drugs and government took stern steps by starting chain of medical stores in all cities offering the manufacturer’s price taking a very small margin .

    Same restrictions are needed any places of the world including western countries. As people are insured in west , most of them are not aware of the difficulty in meeting medical bills in old age there . But government should look into cost data of drug production and at least see that middle men coming between manufacturer and end user get only reasonable profit

    Prakash June 13, 2014 12:58 pm Reply

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