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Buyer Beware! | July 11, 2017

It’s amazing — and scary — how wildly drug prices can vary between pharmacies. And between name brand drugs and generics, especially when you don’t have insurance.

Here are some comparisons:

Take 100 pills of 100 mg. of name brand Lamictal for example:

In Canada, retail prices can vary from $248.99 to $274.71! http://www.pharmacychecker.com/brand/price-comparison/lamictal/100+mg/

Through drugs.com, retail prices are between $21.23 and $119.78 https://www.drugs.com/price-guide/lamotrigine

There are other coupon offers out there like: Prescription Hope which offers over 1,500 brand name medications as prescribed by your doctor. There’s a $15 per prescription per month service fee. And a yearly enrollment fee of only $15 — no other medication cost and no hidden costs. https://prescriptionhope.com

GoodRx, can save you up to 70% (mostly on generics) with a free drug/prescription discount card, which can be used at CVS Pharmacy, Target, Rite Aid, Duane Reade, Kroger and 60,000 other participating pharmacies nationwide.

No insurance is needed. There’s only one hitch, prices may vary by zip code. So check pharmacies around your area for the best deal. http://www.goodrx.com/

And these programs have been featured in U.S. News & World Report, Prevention Magazine, Forbes Magazine, ABC, NBC and Fox News!

So, what do you have to lose, except savings!

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  1. Thank you! I’m passing this on in hopes that it will help someone.


    Comment by catsissie — July 11, 2017 @ 4:57 PM

  2. It’s been a drug money scam for over 56 years for me & other people who have seizures or any brain condition you live with today. When pricing drugs, I would first want to know WHAT is in the drug I need to take according to the neurologist. Think about VIMPAT as an example. The BLUE 50mgs dose tablet has ALUMINUM LAKE, TALC & some other chemicals & metals in the drug, which when I took it I saw slow speech & thought pattern among other things like BAD memory. So I switched to the 100mgs WHITE tablet. No ALUMINUM LAKE, TALC, or as many other metals & chemicals as it still had them but I had NO SLOW SPEECH & THOUGHT patterns, & NO bad short term memory. Still neither of them stopped the seizures & seizure activity when my brain acted up from food chemicals & etc… BOTH has MAGNESIUM STEARATE as every AED seems to have, which will over time depending on the person & the condition of the digestive system WILL cause seizures & seizure activity. That ”’magnesium stearate”’ is their cash cow for getting us all from trying one drug to the next, yet the drugs are no different in NOT having magnesium stearate in them, as they all have it, as do any other drug not matter where you get it from & OTC drugs has it as well. Why can’t the drug industries just use a pure form of MAGNESIUM that helps all brain areas & heart too, when magnesium is to be used for a good use or purpose ? No instead you have a colon working like a concrete truck trying to pour out hard concrete instead, and the body keeps most to ALL food chemicals in the body & brain which it collects from, that will cause seizures.


    Comment by C D — July 11, 2017 @ 6:05 PM

    • I can’t argue with you C D. But, this is the way it is.

      And as for magnesium, I agree completely.

      Magnesium is said to be a vital component of epilepsy recovery.

      And many believe that magnesium deficiency is the root cause of epileptic seizures.

      But, that’s not the magnesium you’re speaking of. 😦


      Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — July 11, 2017 @ 7:13 PM

      • There seems to be some confusion here regarding the role of Magnesium Stearate in AEDs. It is NOT included because Magnesium is “good” for you, which it is if you are Magnesim deficient…and the right Magnesium compound is used in the right dose….it is used (among other reasons) as a lubricant to stop the particles sticking to the grinding and mixing equipment used in pharmaceutical manufacture.

        The inactive excipients or fillers such as Magnesium Stearate used in tablet/capsule manufacture are used in fairly low doses and normally have no effect on the human body unless they are contaminated or unless the individual has an allergy to them. As far as I know a manufacturer could not use “a pure form of Magnesium…” Whatever that means, unless it was approved for use as a lubricant for pharmaceutical purposes.

        The claims that Magnesium Stearate causes seizures and that it is a “cash cow” do not appear to be supported by the facts. The active ingredient is the “cash cow” when it is still patent protected, especially in the US which has the highest drug prices in the world. Incidentally there is no justifiable reason why our drugs are so expensive other than perhaps as a reward for the enormous contributions made by drug companies to both the political parties. OK, that is off topic …. Sorry!


        Comment by Michael H — July 12, 2017 @ 12:30 AM

  3. Michael, I think C. D. was using Magnesium Stearate as an example of the corruption of “goodies” in our drugs.

    As far as our meds being a “cash cow”, I don’t think anyone can argue about the incredible price gouging that goes on, thanks to BIG Pharma.


    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — July 12, 2017 @ 8:27 AM

  4. Hi Phyllis,
    The CVS Health Savings Pass was discontinued a few years ago


    Comment by Ana — July 12, 2017 @ 10:21 PM

  5. Good RX just increased my clarinex from $39.00 for 90 days to $125.00 for 90 days. Taking advantage of the consumers during this virus outbreak.


    Comment by Katherine Martin — April 6, 2020 @ 12:27 PM

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