Not just EpiPen: 9 other drugs soaring in price

Don't Waste Your Money
Posted at 11:13 AM, Sep 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-08 11:13:28-04

The EpiPen in recent weeks has become the poster child for heartless pharmaceutical companies.

But its not just that allergy pen driving many people to have to choose between food on the table, and have their prescriptions filled.

Families Struggle to Pay for Medicine

The maker of the life saving allergy device EpiPen has been through a public shaming lately, for its 400% price hike on the injectors since 2008.

"I have two children who both have allergies, and for me to purchase  the 6 EpiPens they needed it was 3 thousand dollars," mom Holly Lahner told us.

But the EpiPen is just one of hundreds of medications soaring in price.

Other drug prices up sharply, according to Reuters News and other reports:

  • Insulin, for diabetes: from $100 to $500 per refill.
  • Actos generic, for diabetes: from $20 to $160.
  • Lipitor generic, for cholesterol: from $30 to $150.
  • Pravastatin, for cholesterol: from $25 to $175
  • Humira, for arthritis: from $75 to $150    
  • Hormone replacement generics (several different medicine): from $40 to $90
  • Nitroprusside, for high blood pressure, from $50 to $650
  • Tretinoin cream for acne: from  $20 to $130 a tube
  • Narcan, for heroin overdoses, from $10 to $42 a dose (though fire and police departments, with taxpayer dollars, end up paying for most of them).

Getting Harder to Find  Alternatives

But from the doesn't that stink file, why fighting back is getting harder.

Until recently, you could go to Sam's Club and Costco to save hundreds of dollars over drugstore chains. And websites like would offer big discount coupons.

But with many generics manufacturers shutting down or consolidating the savings are disappearing too. Often the generic is now the same price as  the original brand name.

In addition,a recent Los Angeles times reportsays that since Medicare is not allowed to negotiate drug prices, the manufacturers set the price, and insurance companies end up passing that high new price onto consumers.

Drug prices are lower in Canada, Mexico, and other countries as the government negotiates with the pharmaceutical companies, and forces  the price down. Doesn't that stink?

Consumer Reports magazine saysin that case, ask your doctor about cheaper alternative medications that may work for you.

That way you don't waste your money.


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