If you must buy drugs, avoid CVS & Walgreens…

Just in from the Freakonomics blog.

Here’s just one of several generic drugs available, and the ridiculous price differences from stores too many of us trust(ed).  Costco seems to be the only one that’s not gouging its customers:

Generic Zocor (40mg #90)
$11.66 (Costco)
$164.99 (CVS, Houston)
$180.99 (CVS, L.A.)
$194.19 (Walgreens, Houston)
$221.89 (Walgreens, N.Y.)
$194.19 (Walgreens, L.A.)

More disgusting examples here.

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3 responses to “If you must buy drugs, avoid CVS & Walgreens…

  1. Many companies are making healthy people think they are sick ,for the money.

    Like what is in this article here..

    Ray Moynihan, co-author of Selling Sickness: How the World’s Biggest Pharmaceutical Companies Are Turning Us All Into Patients:
    What a lot of people may not know is that for some time now, pharmaceutical company marketing strategies have focused on promoting illness, rather than simply promoting drugs. Underpinning many of the marketing strategies of big drug companies is a very sophisticated and comprehensive plan to widen the boundaries of illness, and create an environment in which more and more formerly healthy people are defined as “sick.” The strategies have many components — the most visible being TV and newspaper ads that make us think that our ailments and inconveniences are the signs and symptoms of genuine medical conditions. A sore stomach is “Irritable Bowel Syndrome,” a mild sexual difficulty is “Female Sexual Dysfunction,” and overactive grown-ups now have “Adult Attention Deficit Disorder.”
    Behind the TV ad scenes are a myriad of marketing strategies designed to grow the markets for drugs by both expanding old diseases and, sometimes, sponsoring the creation of new ones. Companies work with medical groups, patients groups, politicians, and the media to help shape and re-shape public attitudes toward illness — sometimes funding the very panels of experts that decide where to draw the line between sickness and health.
    The soaring costs of healthcare mean that pharmaceutical companies are attracting more and more public attention. But it is high time that there was more scrutiny of how these corporations are working to widen the boundaries of illness, turn more healthy people into patients, and essentially change what it means to be human by putting death and disease at the center of life.

    Robin
    http://www.wholefoodandmore.com

  2. There are a couple of hundred thousand drugs on the market right now.

    Yet the World Health Organization admits that about two hundred would be enough to cover all the bases.

    Paul
    http://www.PaulEilers.com

  3. There are a couple of hundred thousand drugs on the market right now.

    Yet the World Health Organization admits that about two hundred would be enough to cover all the bases.

    Paul
    http://www.PaulEilers.com

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