Sunday, January 17, 2010

Ridiculous? I think so.

Today was not as productive as I would have liked it to be. It was a lazy Sunday for the most part.

I did get some errands in though... an unplanned trip to Walmart thanks to my hubby being so sick that he actually went to the doctor for the first time in over 5 years, and needing immediate antibiotics.

We do not have insurance, but we make too much monthly to qualify for any sort of assistance program. (which is a joke, how people survive making what you need to make to qualify baffles me)
Anyway, because of this, I always call around to find the best price for any medication we need to get.
Usually we luck out and my meds are $4 at Walmart. Well, not this time. Apparently the generic form of Augmentin is not part of Walmart's $4 plan.

They charge $59.99 for 20 pills. WOAH. So I decide to call around...

Walgreens charges $84.99

Rite Aid charges $95.00


Are you kidding me? It seems a bit ridiculous that medication is this expensive to begin with. The fact that some locations charge almost double what another location charges just blows my mind. I could almost understand if we were talking about small "Mom & Pop" type stores that don't order in large quantities, but these are huge major pharmacy companies.

I'm usually not one for government involvement but I really feel like it's time these companies had their prices regulated. The cost is high, but the fact that some places are charging almost double for the same "LIFE SAVING" products feels like robbery.

What's your take on the situation? Have you ever run into this issue? Do you have any ideas on how we can stop companies from doing this? I'd love to hear from you.


  1. Yeah that's a bunch of bs. As bad as Walmart is, nobody can beat their prices on drugs. You never realize how important health insurance is until you lose it or don't have it. That's part of the whole health crisis right now.

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  2. The health care crisis is just insane. It saddens me that even with all of this "progress" I'm not going to be able to afford simple antibiotics.


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