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Prices soar for some generic drugs
San Francisco Chronicle, by Victoria Colliver

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Posted By:Ribicon, 1/1/2014 9:49:27 PM

The widespread use of generic medications is supposed to save the health care system money, but huge price spikes in certain common, previously low-cost drugs is putting some of that savings in question. Nosebleed-level price increases of more than 100 percent, 1,000 percent and, in some cases, 6,000 percent and above are making it difficult for pharmacists to fill some prescriptions because insurance companies have been slow to adjust their reimbursements to reflect the price spikes. Large chain pharmacies have felt the pinch, but it´s been especially hard on independent pharmacists. "I had to turn away several patients

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Just in time to gouge the heck out of the newly uninsured, and to rake taxpayers over the coals covering those newly enrolled in Medicaid and subsidized Barrycare plans.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: ruready?, 1/1/2014 10:01:02 PM     (No. 9676104)

While birth control pills are the blue light special.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 1/1/2014 10:39:20 PM     (No. 9676131)

Last summer the independent Rexall pharmacy in my small town closed after 35 successful years. They sent a letter to all their customers that opened with the explanation of the closure was due to Obamacare regulations that they would be unable to afford.

I´m deep behind enemy lines. I´ve tried several times to talk to people in town about the loss of our pharmacy. Only the conservatives are willing to comment on the destruction of our health care system. The useful idiots are silent, totally silent, although they still rail against all the other communist straw-men. Perhaps the Obamacare fiasco will be the reality check that shocks them out of their stupor.

Or not. At least I know what subject to comment on when I want them to shut up.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: steph_gray, 1/1/2014 10:40:51 PM     (No. 9676134)

Yikes, levothyroxine, the only one I have to have.

It´s only a matter of time before N(o)Care strikes each and every one of us, I guess.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: JediJerry, 1/1/2014 10:48:42 PM     (No. 9676145)

Now that the guvahmint is paying for it, what did anyone expect, lower prices? HAHAHAHA!!!!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Blackeagle, 1/1/2014 11:03:13 PM     (No. 9676158)

The left-tards in the SF gate comments section blame greedy drug makers. To think that I used to live in that delusional, spiteful area.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: arcady, 1/1/2014 11:15:38 PM     (No. 9676166)

Thanks Obamacare. Thanks Democrats!
Remind everyone, gently, every chance you get, this comes from them.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: bighambone, 1/1/2014 11:17:46 PM     (No. 9676167)

We are to believe that this happening at the same time as Obamacare going into effect is just a coincidence!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: thewarden, 1/1/2014 11:37:16 PM     (No. 9676181)

We have to buy from mail order and I am surprised at how some generic drugs vary in price for the same medication (some drugs have multiple generics available). I don´t understand how a generic can cost as much as the name brand. It´s ridiculous. I use L-thyroxine and if it becomes prohibitively expensive I´ll go without and hope for the best. I hate those who are responsible for Obamacare, I really do.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: smcchk, 1/1/2014 11:44:07 PM     (No. 9676186)

#8, you can’t go without L-thyroxine. It is essential! Those of us on it need it for our bodies to function (my thyroid was removed, so there is no alternative). What a mess. There are so many to blame. The GOP, who should have led on more affordable healthcare when they had the chance, the big pharmas, the mega-medical groups, which control most of the hospitals and doctors these days, the insurance companies, and, of course, Obama and the Dems.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: noddy, 1/2/2014 12:02:16 AM     (No. 9676192)

FTA: levothyroxine, which is used to treat hypothyroidism

#3
I have that condition. At the start pharmacist gave me a generic, don´t know the name, perhaps it was levothyroxine. A friend who suffers from lupus, hypo and osteoporosis advised me to talk with my doctor about getting the real drug I needed, synthroid, as the generic was not exactly the same and was not good if you had osteoporosis. It has cost me $8 more a month.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: berthabutt, 1/2/2014 12:24:50 AM     (No. 9676200)

Nice story planted to lend credence to pre-planned shortages. Good heavens, are all the big businesses in bed with this shyster´s White House?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Trigger2, 1/2/2014 12:46:04 AM     (No. 9676212)

I suspect it´s the pharmaceutical companies cashing in on Barry´s idea of redistribution. Either that or they´re gathering money for DNC campaign contributions. There is absolutely no reason whatsoever for these spikes.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: lakerman1, 1/2/2014 1:26:52 AM     (No. 9676229)

Kenyacare policy formularies, I have read, will cut back on brand name rx drugs. So the drug companies have to make their money somewhere.
The increase in prices makes economic sense.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Spidey, 1/2/2014 2:20:28 AM     (No. 9676244)

Your more expensive generic drugs will be paid for after you meet the $10,000 deductible. If you don´t like it,go platinum..Ooops wait a minute that´s unaffordable.

Obama cut a deal with big Pharma to go along with this scheme. IIRC he also increased the number of years before a drug was offered generic.As long as Viagra´s been around it should have been generic by now. It is in other countries but not here.

If I´m gonna have to pay $15-20 a pill,I´d better be able to jump over tall buildings afterwards.

Where´s all the old bag leftists that used to ride buses to Canada for cheaper drugs?Maybe they croaked from barking at the moon,who knows.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: HPmatt, 1/2/2014 5:07:03 AM     (No. 9676280)

Article doesn´t talk about Chinese drug companies - make sure your pharmacist doesn´t swap any of who-knows-what-is-really in that stuff.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: craige, 1/2/2014 11:40:19 AM     (No. 9676765)

Did a search of generic Tricor 145 and generic Lipator 20mg. As much as $6.00 to $8.00 a day from US pharmacies. Canadian pharmacies were around $2.00 a day.

A little information goes a long way.

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