The high cost of mail order waste

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  • 25 February 2013
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    The high cost of mail order waste

    As an addition to my video blog, I wanted to give you some specific numbers about the expenses incurred on these prescriptions by the mail order pharmacies. I’m sure some will question my numbers, so I wanted to tell you specifically where I got them, and how I gave the mail order pharmacies the absolute benefit of the doubt on the price by posting the LOWEST charge they would have reasonably made.

    For the diabetes testing supplies –

    Medicare allowables

    Meter – $71.77 each

    Lancing devices – $16.71 each

    Control solution – $9.99 each

    Lancets – $10.14 each (mail-order pricing, not retail)

    Strips (box of 50) – $30.31 each (mail-order pricing, not retail)

    Syringes (box of 100) – $28.00 each (Medicaid pricing, as Medicare doesn’t pay)

    Novolin 70/30 – $78.70 each (Average Wholesale Price)

    For the prescription medications, I went FAR out of my way to give the benefit of the doubt by pricing those that are on the Wal-Mart $4/month or $10/3 months program at that rate –

    Allopurinol 100mg – $10/90 tabs

    Atenolol 50mg – $4/30

    Atenolol 100mg – $10/90

    Citalopram 40mg – $10/90

    Glimepiride 4mg – $10/90

    Lisinopril/HCTZ 20/12.5 – $10/90

    Metformin 1000mg – $10/180

    For these prescription medications, I priced them using the Oklahoma Drug Card (a discount card), and priced it at the lowest price that could be found at a local competitor by using that card –

    Amlodipine 10mg – $30.17/30

    Sertraline 50mg – $13.10/30

    Simvastatin 80mg – $9.31/30

    Lastly, there was one over-the-counter product that I priced just as it would have been off the shelf, with no markup –

    Aspirin 81mg – $1.19/120

    Several of the prescription medications had more than a year’s worth of oversupply.

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