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Brand-Name Epilepsy Drug Prices Jumped 277% Over 11-Year Period | June 17, 2022


“Compared with 2008, costs for brand-name anti seizure meds (ADMs) rose from approximately $2,800 to $10,700 per year in 2018, while costs for generic brand ASMs dropped $800 to $460. As a result, many generic ASMs cost about 10 times less than their brand-name counterparts.

For example, generic levetiracetam cost $540 per year, while brand-name levetiracetam (Keppra) was $6,900. Likewise, a 1-year supply of generic lamotrigine was $600, but a 1-year supply of brand-name lamotrigine (Lamictal) was $9,000…”

To find out more, click on: https://www.medpagetoday.com/neurology/seizures/99268

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  1. Reblogged this on Disablities & Mental Health Issues.


    Comment by Kenneth — June 17, 2022 @ 10:55 AM

  2. I came to the same conclusion as the researchers at:


    But it took me a little longer, and the results are coming out of my pocket.


    Comment by Tom — June 18, 2022 @ 11:54 AM

  3. I live in the UK we have a ‘ National Health Service ‘ which you pay into while you’re working ( a bit like a tax). Which covers all your medical bills I can not understand why in the land of the free you have to pay for health care. Have the insurance companies got pull in the Whitehouse ?

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Leonard — June 19, 2022 @ 2:44 PM

    • Oh they have pull all right. Million’s they contribute to congress to protect and advance their interests. Money is the common language they all speak.


      Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — June 19, 2022 @ 4:37 PM

  4. That is interesting and alarming. Just last month I told my Primary Care Physician from where I pick up my perscriptions to change my Rx using the name Vimpat and change it to the generic…because my other perscription is also a generic, add there is merely a little sticker on it – that says:it might not look the same but it is the same medicine. I’m glad I made the change.

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    Comment by leonchavarria — July 2, 2022 @ 8:09 PM

    • Well, the generic is not exactly the same. It’s 80% of the original formula with 20% unknown “filler”.

      Some people metabolize the name-brand better than the generic and for some (like you and me), it doesn’t matter.


      Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — July 3, 2022 @ 2:25 AM

  5. Phylis, I knew it was only 80% though the side effect (double vision of usually someone on Ghostbusters I now see two bodies – before it was one body connected to the same body). So is it stronger in some way?

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by leonchavarria — July 3, 2022 @ 9:51 PM

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    I've been a professional copywriter for over 35 years. I also had epilepsy for decades. My mission is advocacy; to increase education, awareness and funding for epilepsy research. Together, we can make a huge difference. If not changing the world, at least helping each other, with wisdom, compassion and sharing.

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