• Buying Prescription Medicine On-Line
  • Would you like to know a little more about the history of oxygen? There will soon be a 3-minute segment about it on TV. Should you miss it, here is the original correspondence from Dr. Tom Petty to the TV producer. We quote,
  • Buying prescription medicines online may be a beneficial option for you and your family. Just make sure you know all the facts before making a purchase. For additional information, go to http://www.fda.gov and click on "Buying Medicines and Medical Products Online" or call 1-888-INFOFDA (1-888-463-6332).
  • Whether or not you have a computer, you may be interested in the following information sent to us by Tisha Bullock, RCP of San Lous Rey, CA. One of her patients shared this letter from Patty Clegg. "Last July 22nd, 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! Mr. Wilson did a thorough research, and checked out all the major drugstore chains, discount chains, independent pharmacies, and even checked on some Canadian pharmacies.
  • 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. They gave the link to Costco, which I will include here, so that you can go and check prices for yourself. http://www.costco.com, Costco Online pharmacy.
  • I went to the Costco site, where you can look up any drug, and get it's online price. It says that the in-store prices are consistent with the online prices. 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 60 pills 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.
  • While Costco is a "membership" type store, you do not have to be a member to buy your prescriptions there, since it is a federally regulated substance. If you tell them at the store entrance that you wish to use the pharmacy, they will let you in without a card."
  • The Second Wind had 3 of our readers check out this information. While we cannot verify the information from the Channel 7 TV report, our readers do tell us they have found Costco the least expensive place to get their medication. However, we do urge all of you to comparison shop! Mary checked out the price of Levoxyl 0.05 mg (or 50 mcg) and found that her Heartland (1-800-228-3353) mail order price was $22.95 for 90, including postage. Costco charged $32.09 for 100 without postage. So, shop around folks, and find out for yourself what your medications cost! It pays off.

  • Do you have a question about respiratory disease that has been bothering you? If so, feel free to write and ask us, either through our web site or by mail. We answer all of your letters.