DUEXIS: The Cost of Convenience

DUEXIS: The Cost of Convenience

Did you know:

Back in 2011, Horizon Pharma introduced a new, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug with built-in stomach protection: DUEXIS.

DUEXIS is ibuprofin (generic Motrin) 800mg plus famotidine (generic Pepcid) 26.6mg in one convenient tablet. It’s meant to be dosed three times a day. The retail cost for a month’s worth of pills was $154 four years ago. Today, it’s $2736 per month.

Separately, of course, both ibuprofen and famotidine are on the $4 plans. So, let’s do some quick math.

$4 + $4 = $154

So what’s the cost of convenience? $2728.

Paul S. Bradley, Scripta

ScripTips is a free service provided to physicians and other caregivers by Dr. Paul S. Bradley. Prescription savings drive patient compliance, and Scripta helps make sure your patients are getting “The Best Meds at the Best Price.”

Old made new again (AGAIN)!

Old made new again (AGAIN)!

Did you know:

Generic Paxil – paroxitine hydrochloride – has been available on the $4 plans for some time.

We now have Pexeva, which is paroxitine mesylate.

What’s the difference? Clinically, I am not sure. The NIH, via Pub Med Health, groups it all as paroxitine. The patent on Pexeva, however, says you can’t substitute one for the other at the drugstore.

I can tell you the difference in price (which is getting worse, not better): Pexeva (paroxitine mesylate) is about $5196/year, while paroxitine hydrochloride (Paxil) is $40!

Don’t fall for the shell game,

Paul S. Bradley, Scripta

ScripTips is a free service provided to physicians and other caregivers by Dr. Paul S. Bradley. Prescription savings drive patient compliance, and Scripta helps make sure your patients are getting “The Best Meds at the Best Price.”

 

Generic Zyprexa is Here

Generic Zyprexa is Here

Did you know:

Generic Zyprexa is here.

30 tabs of branded Zyprexa 20mg is $606. 30 tabs of the generic is only $15 (updated prices as of March 2018) at www.healthwarehouse.com!

Not as fantastic a difference as when it first went generic – we track these things over time and are indeed seeing the generic exert some pressure on the price of the branded medication. Regardless, there’s no way your company should be paying for a brand-name when there are equivalent alternatives.

Write it right,

Paul S. Bradley, Scripta

ScripTips is a free service provided to physicians and other caregivers by Dr. Paul S. Bradley. Prescription savings drive patient compliance, and Scripta helps make sure your patients are getting “The Best Meds at the Best Price.”

What is a steroid worth?

What is a steroid worth?

Did you know:

Prednisone is available on the $4 plans. Thirty tabs is just $4, and ninety tabs is $10.

Orapred ODT (prednisolone), on the other hand, is about $140 for 90 tabs (15mg or 30mg).

There is, of course, a small clinical difference between prednisone and prednisolone, but the difference in price is not quite so insignificant.

Cost affects compliance,

ScripTips is a free service provided to physicians and other caregivers by Dr. Paul S. Bradley. Prescription savings drive patient compliance, and Scripta helps make sure your patients are getting “The Best Meds at the Best Price.”

We have a new sleep agent: Silenor

We have a new sleep agent: Silenor

Check it out:

What’s old is new again!

Silenor is available in 3mg and 6mg tablets. The retail cost is about $446 per month for 30 tablets. Of course, Silenor is doxepin. Doxepin 10mg (generic) costs about $9 for 30 tablets.

I’ll let you do the math.

Write it right,

Paul S. Bradley, Scripta

ScripTips is a free service provided to physicians and other caregivers by Dr. Paul S. Bradley. Prescription savings drive patient compliance, and Scripta helps make sure your patients are getting “The Best Meds at the Best Price.”

 

Introducing Arimidex Direct

Introducing Arimidex Direct

Here’s a new twist:

Pharma has a new business model and, amazingly, the patients win!

Arimidex went off patent in 2010. In response, drug maker AstraZeneca launched a direct-to-patient sales program for their branded breast cancer drug. The company’s “Arimidex Direct” plan now offers U.S. patients a month’s supply at $30 – $1 a day! – with the orders fulfilled and shipped by Eagle Pharmacy.

If you buy the branded drug at the pharmacy, the price is about $639 per month. The generic, anastrozole, is $12/month, so it seems like AstraZeneca has decided that a little money coming directly to them is better than nothing.

A new Pharma strategy is born!

Paul S. Bradley, Scripta

ScripTips is a free service provided to physicians and other caregivers by Dr. Paul S. Bradley. Prescription savings drive patient compliance, and Scripta helps make sure your patients are getting “The Best Meds at the Best Price.”