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Old 12-31-2007, 01:38 PM
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Just bought 20 generic Zofran pills and it cost $45.00 ($95.00 to my pharmacy manager). My question is why is it so expensive as it has been generic over a year and so any generic company can now manufacturer it? Is there a certain chemical in the drug that makes it expensive or a certain process? I guess I shouldn't complain as it would have cost me about $1,000 to fill this presciption when there wasn't a generic equivalent.

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Old 12-31-2007, 02:30 PM
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Sounds like a pretty good price for the generic. Zofran was always expensive because unlike blood pressure or cholesterol pills which patients stay on forever patients people taking Zofran hopefully only have to take a couple of courses of chemotherapy in their lifetime.
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Old 12-31-2007, 04:54 PM
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Just bought 20 generic Zofran pills and it cost $45.00 ($95.00 to my pharmacy manager). My question is why is it so expensive as it has been generic over a year and so any generic company can now manufacturer it? Is there a certain chemical in the drug that makes it expensive or a certain process? I guess I shouldn't complain as it would have cost me about $1,000 to fill this presciption when there wasn't a generic equivalent.

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Ask you're pharmacist why he jacks up the price on generic's. What do you think keeps all these pharmacy's open?
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Old 12-31-2007, 07:26 PM
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We have to cover our losses with Avandia somehow.
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Old 12-31-2007, 08:17 PM
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Ask you're pharmacist why he jacks up the price on generic's. What do you think keeps all these pharmacy's open?

first of all- fuck you.

Secondly- generics now cost a lot more than years ago as the gen cos realize just what a good deal they have- people are happy not having to pay the brand price, and get a steep, although not as steep as years ago, discount. Pharmacies are not making as much as you think.
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Old 12-31-2007, 08:22 PM
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Just bought 20 generic Zofran pills and it cost $45.00 ($95.00 to my pharmacy manager). My question is why is it so expensive as it has been generic over a year and so any generic company can now manufacturer it? Is there a certain chemical in the drug that makes it expensive or a certain process? I guess I shouldn't complain as it would have cost me about $1,000 to fill this presciption when there wasn't a generic equivalent.

Thanks for any information
pharm here- If you go back 15-20 years ago, generics provided a much greater discount to the consumer than today. When Lasix and Valium went down, there were almost 90% savings realized. As more drugs were approved, the price went up more and more. Finally it was not uncommon for some tablets to go for over $3 a day versus $1-2 a day in the past. Generic companies realized they did not have to discount as greatly as in the past as people were happy to not pay the full amount so they charged more and pharmacies had to as well. Prilosec was about $150(?) a month but omerprazole went for like $120(!) Not much of a break but it was a break anyway you looked at it. Take care.
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Old 01-01-2008, 08:37 AM
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Just bought 20 generic Zofran pills and it cost $45.00 ($95.00 to my pharmacy manager). My question is why is it so expensive as it has been generic over a year and so any generic company can now manufacturer it? Is there a certain chemical in the drug that makes it expensive or a certain process? I guess I shouldn't complain as it would have cost me about $1,000 to fill this presciption when there wasn't a generic equivalent.

Thanks for any information
The last part of your post answers your own question. The $95 represents nearly a 90% decrease from the branded price, so that is a substantial savings. Second, more than likely you didn't get GSK brand Zofran, but one of the many generics out there, so you would need to ask that company why they didn't cut the price down further.

Zofran started off as a very effective IV drug for chemotherapy nausea and vomiting, and it was not cheap. When the oral pills came out their price is relative to what the IV prices were. As someone else posted, it is usually for a short course of therapy as well.

If you are taking Zofran during abattle with cancer, good luck with your treatment. Having called on oncology offices for many years, I offer you one comment. Oncology nurses are amazing, caring people. Get to know them and trust that they will take good care of you. Don't be afraid to let them know about any side effects that you think you might be having.
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Old 01-01-2008, 09:25 AM
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It probably means either, that (1)there is minimal competition on the generic...or that (2) there is collusion among the generic companies to keep prices up. Or, it could mean (3) collusion among pharmacies to keep prices up. Any way you look at it, someone is making alot of money on a drug for which they had to do nothing but prove bioequivalence on. Pretty sweet!
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Old 01-01-2008, 11:12 AM
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I checked the orange book website and there are about 5 different companies making the generic 8 mg product. Sounds like the generic companies are making a unofficial pact to keep prices high although I don't blame them. It doesn't help the company one bit to let prices fall to a dollar a pill.
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Old 01-01-2008, 11:35 AM
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We have to cover our losses with Avandia somehow.
GSK doesn't get a dime of revenue on the generic nimwit
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Old 01-01-2008, 08:24 PM
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I checked the orange book website and there are about 5 different companies making the generic 8 mg product. Sounds like the generic companies are making a unofficial pact to keep prices high although I don't blame them. It doesn't help the company one bit to let prices fall to a dollar a pill.
Based on the earlier posts, how is it "keeping the prices high" when the price has decreased 90 percent?
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Old 01-02-2008, 12:00 AM
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It has to cover the costs of sending all those high paid execs. over the ocean for the Holidays.
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Old 01-02-2008, 07:21 AM
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Execs of the generic companies maybe, but GSK gets nothing from when generic Zofran is sold.
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Old 01-02-2008, 09:01 AM
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If you taking ondansetron, you must be a chemo patient? Isn't it worth not praying to the porcelan(sic) throne? When we launched the drug in the late 80's, chemo nurses and patients were VERY GLAD to have it. Thank the chemists for discovering it!!!!

Besides, we had to pay Carl Pelzel's salary
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Old 01-02-2008, 04:22 PM
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If you taking ondansetron, you must be a chemo patient? Isn't it worth not praying to the porcelan(sic) throne? When we launched the drug in the late 80's, chemo nurses and patients were VERY GLAD to have it. Thank the chemists for discovering it!!!!

Besides, we had to pay Carl Pelzel's salary
This is funny. Anyhway, whatever happened to that clown Pelzel? Wasn't he in the HIV arena for a while?
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Old 01-02-2008, 05:03 PM
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I checked the orange book website and there are about 5 different companies making the generic 8 mg product. Sounds like the generic companies are making a unofficial pact to keep prices high although I don't blame them. It doesn't help the company one bit to let prices fall to a dollar a pill.
A few points: when Zofran went generic, there were over 30 (thirty) companies who filed to make the generic - some chose tablet, some chose ODT, some chose solution and one chose 32mg IV bag. OP doesnt say which he went for. This was more than any other agent has faced, sales dropped to 5% overnight.

2nd point - price is down 95% from where it was when we were marketing it.

3rd point - Although sales of actual Zofran are minimal, GSK DO get income through the Authorised Generic ondansetron, made by Sandoz. However this is minimal. In 2006, GSK grosse $1.85 Billion from Zofran, in 2007, this was down to around $120 million (not far behind Hycamtin).

Finally - sales of Zofran for Chemo Induced Nausea and Vomiting only represented 1/3 of Zofran sales - Post-op, and off label use (morning sickness, motion sickness, hangover etc).

GREAT GREAT drug that I am proud to have marketed.
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Old 01-02-2008, 08:12 PM
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Because they have us selling it. And we are worth so much. That is why they pay us shit loads of money.
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Old 03-07-2008, 07:37 PM
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OP - Yes, a wonderful product that will keep you from wretching and therefore able to maintain your nutrition, electrolyte balance, and not become frighteningly thin and weak at 4.50/pill is really not a bad deal. I remember my neighbor who was 16 years-old suffering through chemotherapy, unable to eat normally for weeks because of the nausea. There are people willing to pay $95.00 for high-speed DSL each month, cable TV, plasma screens, club memberships, but GOD FORBID they pay for decent medicines. People do not want to accept that profits go to companies who make medicines that offer innovations to keep them alive, yet they applaud profits that go to Coca Cola, Frito Lay, Kraft - companies making products sure to kill you outright. The generic you bought is a bargain. Go celebrate life somewhere.
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Old 03-07-2008, 08:17 PM
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OP - Yes, a wonderful product that will keep you from wretching and therefore able to maintain your nutrition, electrolyte balance, and not become frighteningly thin and weak at 4.50/pill is really not a bad deal. I remember my neighbor who was 16 years-old suffering through chemotherapy, unable to eat normally for weeks because of the nausea. There are people willing to pay $95.00 for high-speed DSL each month, cable TV, plasma screens, club memberships, but GOD FORBID they pay for decent medicines. People do not want to accept that profits go to companies who make medicines that offer innovations to keep them alive, yet they applaud profits that go to Coca Cola, Frito Lay, Kraft - companies making products sure to kill you outright. The generic you bought is a bargain. Go celebrate life somewhere.
Great Reply. The main reason zofran is so expensive is that thankfully most people only have to undergo a few treatments of chemotherapy in their lifetime and the expense is minimal compared to the billions people spend on other pharmaceutical products.
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Old 03-07-2008, 10:35 PM
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first of all- fuck you.

Secondly- generics now cost a lot more than years ago as the gen cos realize just what a good deal they have- people are happy not having to pay the brand price, and get a steep, although not as steep as years ago, discount. Pharmacies are not making as much as you think.
First of all fuck you mr/mrs pharmacist. Generic drug companies are bottom feeders that spend NO, I repeat NO money on research and development so therefore the drug shouldn't cost as much since ther are no research costs to recoup. Take a look at your economics books and tell me the what it takes to break even on 10-15 years of research and development.....or did you sleep through that class? Drug companies sell drugs to retail pharmacies at an AWP and what the hell you do with it after that is up to you. I laugh my ass off when people say drug companies sell meds for too much money. Let me run a scenario past you.... say GSK drops the AWP price of ANY of its drugs 20%... will you pass that 20% savings on to the consumer or does it mean 20% more profit in your pocket? I think we all know the answer.
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Old 03-07-2008, 10:57 PM
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First of all fuck you mr/mrs pharmacist. Generic drug companies are bottom feeders that spend NO, I repeat NO money on research and development so therefore the drug shouldn't cost as much since ther are no research costs to recoup. Take a look at your economics books and tell me the what it takes to break even on 10-15 years of research and development.....or did you sleep through that class? Drug companies sell drugs to retail pharmacies at an AWP and what the hell you do with it after that is up to you. I laugh my ass off when people say drug companies sell meds for too much money. Let me run a scenario past you.... say GSK drops the AWP price of ANY of its drugs 20%... will you pass that 20% savings on to the consumer or does it mean 20% more profit in your pocket? I think we all know the answer.
Shut the fuck up you idiot...the reason GENERIC drug prices are so high is that GSK files frivilous lawsuits so that the Generic companies have to pay dearly in order to have to defend their legal right to market the drug GSK did this with Zofran, and it does it with every other drug that goes off patent legally. This will come to an end if we get a Democrat in the oval office, maybe... in the meantime this practice will continue until of course leeches like GSK come up with wonder drugs oke SR CR XL etc. Big Pharma is dead. The beginning of the end is upon the whole industry.
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Old 03-07-2008, 11:22 PM
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First of all fuck you mr/mrs pharmacist. Generic drug companies are bottom feeders that spend NO, I repeat NO money on research and development so therefore the drug shouldn't cost as much since ther are no research costs to recoup. Take a look at your economics books and tell me the what it takes to break even on 10-15 years of research and development.....or did you sleep through that class? Drug companies sell drugs to retail pharmacies at an AWP and what the hell you do with it after that is up to you. I laugh my ass off when people say drug companies sell meds for too much money. Let me run a scenario past you.... say GSK drops the AWP price of ANY of its drugs 20%... will you pass that 20% savings on to the consumer or does it mean 20% more profit in your pocket? I think we all know the answer.

fuck you asswipe! How much research goes into taking docs to dinner, making them "consultants" by giving them several hundred dollars to get them out when they already said no, feeding office cows extravagent meals just to get a few minutes with the doc, etc. I am a pharm in the industry! BTW- I do disagree with the patent expiring. Why should someone else capitalize on the work of another (eg- drug development). Good night.
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Old 03-08-2008, 02:19 AM
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fuck you asswipe! How much research goes into taking docs to dinner, making them "consultants" by giving them several hundred dollars to get them out when they already said no, feeding office cows extravagent meals just to get a few minutes with the doc, etc. I am a pharm in the industry! BTW- I do disagree with the patent expiring. Why should someone else capitalize on the work of another (eg- drug development). Good night.
I think you need a Golden Shower to cool down.
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Old 03-08-2008, 09:16 AM
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fuck you asswipe! How much research goes into taking docs to dinner, making them "consultants" by giving them several hundred dollars to get them out when they already said no, feeding office cows extravagent meals just to get a few minutes with the doc, etc. I am a pharm in the industry! BTW- I do disagree with the patent expiring. Why should someone else capitalize on the work of another (eg- drug development). Good night.
Just what we need, another fucking pharmacist who "hates" the industry working in the industry... GO BACK TO LICK,STICK, and POURING, ASS HOLE!!!Oh thats right..you have pharmacy techs to do your work for you.
Let me guess your one of the "pharmacists who never could sell shit" but boy you can sure break down a PI...big whoop. If you don't like the industry...then GET OUT!!!
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Old 03-08-2008, 10:58 AM
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Just what we need, another fucking pharmacist who "hates" the industry working in the industry... GO BACK TO LICK,STICK, and POURING, ASS HOLE!!!Oh thats right..you have pharmacy techs to do your work for you.
Let me guess your one of the "pharmacists who never could sell shit" but boy you can sure break down a PI...big whoop. If you don't like the industry...then GET OUT!!!
Oh right , reppie you can break down a PI, then go ahead and sell everything off label. Thanks, Head Corporate Noncompliance.
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Old 03-08-2008, 04:46 PM
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Bottom line, Pharmacist's are crooks. Period, end of story. No further comments need to be posted on this thread!
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Old 03-08-2008, 04:59 PM
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Bottom line, Pharmacist's are crooks. Period, end of story. No further comments need to be posted on this thread!

but when your sorry ass gets layed off next quarter, and If I do too, at least I have a professional license to cushion my fall. What will you have- a garage full of resources and no car to put into it?
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Old 03-08-2008, 05:09 PM
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Just what we need, another fucking pharmacist who "hates" the industry working in the industry... GO BACK TO LICK,STICK, and POURING, ASS HOLE!!!Oh thats right..you have pharmacy techs to do your work for you.
Let me guess your one of the "pharmacists who never could sell shit" but boy you can sure break down a PI...big whoop. If you don't like the industry...then GET OUT!!!

actually I was a hospital pharm, and I might have even changed some of your orders the last time I reviewed your chart or that of a family member. Or perhaps made an antibiotic recommendation to your grandmother's doc because the one she was on was useless due to resistance or perhaps the dose was to high due to her failing kidney function. Or perhaps a drug was written with an allergy being ignored but I caught it before the nurse administered it. I could go on your poor ignorant fool. And I do not hate the industry. I came here willingly and am thriving. And I do disagree with patent expirations and I do feel like beginning the sentence any way I want. And at the end of the day I will continue to keep my job because of my professional expertise, just like the raises I have received in addition to merit raises etc because of my professional background. I am doing well and I am quite happy in the industry. I just resent getting paid what I get paid relative to the importance of the work I now do, but I will gladly accept every dollar and laugh my way to the bank. Job security? Got it. In the industry or out of it. BTW- I have a couple of award and plenty of options- not bad for, as you said, "a pharmacist who could not sell shit" and boy can I break down the PI or the newest study. Or emphasize with fellow HCPs because I know exactly what they are going through by having to deal with your sorry ass every month.
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Old 03-08-2008, 06:20 PM
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How many of your 21 year old cleavage producing, big titted reps with their degree in sociology (c average ) from some no name school could even get into pharmacy school.....the answer is obvious. You are caterers and sample droppers and until the government cracked down, only through huge fines, you were ( many still are in obvious ways) kickback experts. If you call that anything to be proud about-I have one of thousands of stories of children that were given your drugs off label, and died. Most of you should go blow yourself up and do society a gigantic favour.
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Old 03-08-2008, 06:43 PM
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actually I was a hospital pharm, and I might have even changed some of your orders the last time I reviewed your chart or that of a family member. Or perhaps made an antibiotic recommendation to your grandmother's doc because the one she was on was useless due to resistance or perhaps the dose was to high due to her failing kidney function. Or perhaps a drug was written with an allergy being ignored but I caught it before the nurse administered it. I could go on your poor ignorant fool. And I do not hate the industry. I came here willingly and am thriving. And I do disagree with patent expirations and I do feel like beginning the sentence any way I want. And at the end of the day I will continue to keep my job because of my professional expertise, just like the raises I have received in addition to merit raises etc because of my professional background. I am doing well and I am quite happy in the industry. I just resent getting paid what I get paid relative to the importance of the work I now do, but I will gladly accept every dollar and laugh my way to the bank. Job security? Got it. In the industry or out of it. BTW- I have a couple of award and plenty of options- not bad for, as you said, "a pharmacist who could not sell shit" and boy can I break down the PI or the newest study. Or emphasize with fellow HCPs because I know exactly what they are going through by having to deal with your sorry ass every month.



Go call your mommy, I think you need your ass wiped. Here's a news flash: Nobody cares about you.
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Old 03-09-2008, 12:34 AM
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Go call your mommy, I think you need your ass wiped. Here's a news flash: Nobody cares about you.
Hey dude- you'll be wiping mine after the next wave of layoffs. And don't forget the powder. XO
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Old 03-13-2008, 03:27 PM
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actually I was a hospital pharm, and I might have even changed some of your orders the last time I reviewed your chart or that of a family member. Or perhaps made an antibiotic recommendation to your grandmother's doc because the one she was on was useless due to resistance or perhaps the dose was to high due to her failing kidney function. Or perhaps a drug was written with an allergy being ignored but I caught it before the nurse administered it. I could go on your poor ignorant fool. And I do not hate the industry. I came here willingly and am thriving. And I do disagree with patent expirations and I do feel like beginning the sentence any way I want. And at the end of the day I will continue to keep my job because of my professional expertise, just like the raises I have received in addition to merit raises etc because of my professional background. I am doing well and I am quite happy in the industry. I just resent getting paid what I get paid relative to the importance of the work I now do, but I will gladly accept every dollar and laugh my way to the bank. Job security? Got it. In the industry or out of it. BTW- I have a couple of award and plenty of options- not bad for, as you said, "a pharmacist who could not sell shit" and boy can I break down the PI or the newest study. Or emphasize with fellow HCPs because I know exactly what they are going through by having to deal with your sorry ass every month.
Ohhhh so your the "bitch" who switched my grand mother from Zofran....to another antie-emetic drug totally out of the class....because you "cared" so much for her. Just wondering...did you come help the nurses clean up the vomit that your wonderful useless yet cheap drug caused....Keep patting yourself on the back...You wish you were a doctor...but your not...so don't give me the " I care" speech... because the only thing you guys care about is the cost of one drug versus another.
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Old 03-13-2008, 03:30 PM
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Bottom line, Pharmacist's are crooks. Period, end of story. No further comments need to be posted on this thread!
AMEN, AMEN, AMEN
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Old 03-13-2008, 11:36 PM
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How many of your 21 year old cleavage producing, big titted reps with their degree in sociology (c average ) from some no name school could even get into pharmacy school.....the answer is obvious. You are caterers and sample droppers and until the government cracked down, only through huge fines, you were ( many still are in obvious ways) kickback experts. If you call that anything to be proud about-I have one of thousands of stories of children that were given your drugs off label, and died. Most of you should go blow yourself up and do society a gigantic favour.
PHARMACISTS ARE CROOKS ? THEY HAVE NOT PAID 15 BILLION DOLLARS IN FINES AND BACK TAXES SINCE 2000 (AND GSL GOT OFF EASY). THIS POSTER IS RIGHT YOU PIZZA DELIVERY GUYS AND GALS COULD NOT EVEN MAKE IT THROUGH PHARMA SCHOOL...YOU HAVE A COUPLE MONTHS OF BRAINWASHING AND THAT MAKES YOU AN EXPERT ? BRAINWASHING IS A TERRIBLE THING, YOUR MIND IS A WASTELAND REPPIE.
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Old 03-14-2008, 07:37 PM
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Based on the earlier posts, how is it "keeping the prices high" when the price has decreased 90 percent?
The price hasn't dropped by 90%. That's the point of all the posts you've read. Generic pricing has risen substantially vs. brand.

Before generics, Zofran brand name, cost about $25 per dose. That would put the cost for 20 pills at $500. This is a cash price, not after insurance.

I called the local pharmacy to check on generic greed. Here are the prices you can expect to pay:

Branded Zofran 8mg 10 pills is $460.97 cash price.
Generic Zofran 8mg 10 pills is 412.97 cash price.

This represents a savings of $48 or less than 10%. Point proven, generic companies are taking the American people for a ride.
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Old 03-14-2008, 08:55 PM
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Ohhhh so your the "bitch" who switched my grand mother from Zofran....to another antie-emetic drug totally out of the class....because you "cared" so much for her. Just wondering...did you come help the nurses clean up the vomit that your wonderful useless yet cheap drug caused....Keep patting yourself on the back...You wish you were a doctor...but your not...so don't give me the " I care" speech... because the only thing you guys care about is the cost of one drug versus another.


what an ass. Against my training, I hope you get AIDS from your gay lover and your plan will not cover brand name drugs. I hope you get HPV from your wife and your penis falls off, and I hope you look in the mirror and realize what a clueless jerk you are. BTW- no Med Ctr I know would substitute that class of drugs out for another. Kiss my ass. XO
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Old 03-14-2008, 08:58 PM
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Ohhhh so your the "bitch" who switched my grand mother from Zofran....to another antie-emetic drug totally out of the class....because you "cared" so much for her. Just wondering...did you come help the nurses clean up the vomit that your wonderful useless yet cheap drug caused....Keep patting yourself on the back...You wish you were a doctor...but your not...so don't give me the " I care" speech... because the only thing you guys care about is the cost of one drug versus another.
No- we measure patient outcomes also. I would love to try substituting one of our anti-psychotic meds for another that you are already one and see if that normalizes your visions of grandeur. Next try working on your self-esteem. Guess it is difficult when your dick is smaller than your pinky
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Old 03-14-2008, 09:00 PM
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The price hasn't dropped by 90%. That's the point of all the posts you've read. Generic pricing has risen substantially vs. brand.

Before generics, Zofran brand name, cost about $25 per dose. That would put the cost for 20 pills at $500. This is a cash price, not after insurance.

I called the local pharmacy to check on generic greed. Here are the prices you can expect to pay:

Branded Zofran 8mg 10 pills is $460.97 cash price.
Generic Zofran 8mg 10 pills is 412.97 cash price.

This represents a savings of $48 or less than 10%. Point proven, generic companies are taking the American people for a ride.

Exactly. The pharms have a mark-up but the generic pricing is not what is was (low) years ago as everyone (generic compsnies) want a large piece of that managed care pie.
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Old 03-15-2008, 01:55 AM
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Hey any of you dumb asss hypocrites try getting any Brand Name drug on your own drug plan, when a cheaper Generic is available ?????????.... Sure GSK wants to kill generic competition, but they won't pay for brand name drugs for their own employees---- GET THE POINT or do I have to draw you a picture. When GSK can save some money by denying their own employees brand name drugs they do it.... GSK drugs are supposed to befree ( costs pennies to make of course-big deal ), try getting Zantac 150 mg. covered...just because it is OTC... Secret--have your doc subscribe 300 mg. then break the tablets to get it covered. What a joke--What is good for the public, "brand name only" at higher costs---is not good for their own employees because they want to save money, for Garniers retirement party or something. That tells you everything and ends this fucked up argument. GSK is a bunch of hypocritical lying scumbags. Now go tell your horror stories about generic drugs when your own company makes to take them---KOOl Aid is great today huh ?
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Old 03-15-2008, 09:10 AM
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pharm here- If you go back 15-20 years ago, generics provided a much greater discount to the consumer than today. When Lasix and Valium went down, there were almost 90% savings realized. As more drugs were approved, the price went up more and more. Finally it was not uncommon for some tablets to go for over $3 a day versus $1-2 a day in the past. Generic companies realized they did not have to discount as greatly as in the past as people were happy to not pay the full amount so they charged more and pharmacies had to as well. Prilosec was about $150(?) a month but omerprazole went for like $120(!) Not much of a break but it was a break anyway you looked at it. Take care.
Good to see that it's not just the leadership of NON-generic making drug companies making really stupid decisions that will continue to erode what little confidence Americans have in the pharmaceutical industry. $120 instead of $150? Thanks, I'll just take 300 - 600 mg of grocery store brand zantac.
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Old 03-15-2008, 09:28 AM
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GSK does not make the generic. Go bitch to the company that does
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Old 03-15-2008, 02:36 PM
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what an ass. Against my training, I hope you get AIDS from your gay lover and your plan will not cover brand name drugs. I hope you get HPV from your wife and your penis falls off, and I hope you look in the mirror and realize what a clueless jerk you are. BTW- no Med Ctr I know would substitute that class of drugs out for another. Kiss my ass. XO
Why do you hate gay people so much? Not cool dude...
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Old 03-15-2008, 02:57 PM
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Why do you hate gay people so much? Not cool dude...
I guess like most normal people, I can't imagine wiping shit off my pecker from some limp wrists asshole, plus if there were no gays AIDS would sooner or later come to an end. No need for expensive GSK drugs... that is why GSK subsidizes homos with their "spousal equivalent" medical coverage... the more Aids patients the more they make. I guess I am not a cool dude huh. But my wiener won't be up a hole that was made for defication, in another male. I assume you think that makes you cool ? HAHAHAHA You can be as cool as you want. That is your problem, my friend
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Old 03-16-2008, 12:22 AM
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GSK does not make the generic. Go bitch to the company that does
industry problems are your problems, numb-nuts. You think you operate in a vacuum?
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Old 03-16-2008, 03:56 PM
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what an ass. Against my training, I hope you get AIDS from your gay lover and your plan will not cover brand name drugs. I hope you get HPV from your wife and your penis falls off, and I hope you look in the mirror and realize what a clueless jerk you are. BTW- no Med Ctr I know would substitute that class of drugs out for another. Kiss my ass. XO
What training would that be??? When you can't defend against a plausible argument...The call people names and wish bad things upon them training? Yep...thats what I thought...you didn't help clean up the vomit that switching my Grand mother off Zofran caused... you were on to your next "how can we save the pharmacy budget money. Patients be damned..And to say that never happened in teaching institutions is an outright LIE...
Those horrible things will most surely fall on you and your family....ever heard of Karma. Let see..your a pharmacist who hates the industry, hates your company, hates your counterparts, hates Gays...and hates yourself.I"m sure after Glaxo has figured out how totally useless you are I'll see you in some Wal-Greens yelling at your pharmacy techs...being rude to the patients...and having a wonderful life.
Oh..by the way.. I am concerned about sexual diseases...being single...its scary out there. The one I'm most concerned with is your wife...I've been fucking her on a regular basis without a condom...I'm sure you've tasted me on her...and just didn't know it...
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Old 03-16-2008, 04:30 PM
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Hey any of you dumb asss hypocrites try getting any Brand Name drug on your own drug plan, when a cheaper Generic is available ?????????.... Sure GSK wants to kill generic competition, but they won't pay for brand name drugs for their own employees---- GET THE POINT or do I have to draw you a picture. When GSK can save some money by denying their own employees brand name drugs they do it.... GSK drugs are supposed to befree ( costs pennies to make of course-big deal ), try getting Zantac 150 mg. covered...just because it is OTC... Secret--have your doc subscribe 300 mg. then break the tablets to get it covered. What a joke--What is good for the public, "brand name only" at higher costs---is not good for their own employees because they want to save money, for Garniers retirement party or something. That tells you everything and ends this fucked up argument. GSK is a bunch of hypocritical lying scumbags. Now go tell your horror stories about generic drugs when your own company makes to take them---KOOl Aid is great today huh ?
Sorry, not correct about Zantac. The reason you cannot get the 150mg IS because it is OTC, but also because it is not GSK's anymore. They sold/licensed the 150mg strength to another company. Pfizer's consumer business I think, but not sure. Just look on the box. Now you could argue whether that was a smart decision or not. Would have been better to license out Tagamet OTC and keep Zantac OTC, but when all of the top dogs at this company were SB, what do you expect. Guess they had their butt kicked enough by Zantac and wanted it out of the house.
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Old 03-16-2008, 07:16 PM
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you didn't help clean up the vomit that switching my Grand mother off Zofran caused... you were on to your next "how can we save the pharmacy budget money. Patients be damned..And to say that never happened in teaching institutions is an outright LIE...
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first, what med was substituted for Zofran? Compazine? Reglan? Probably not, if you even do have a grandmother in this situation which I doubt. Therapeutic Substitution would go for another member of the class or, in antibiotics, stretch a generation or two if talking about cephalosporins or extended penicillins. Zofran would go for Kytril, etc, but not another class of antiemetics. Nice try Skippy. BTW- I do not hate the industry (or pharmacy), as both offer me a comfortable living, but rather question a lot about it including people like you.
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Old 03-17-2008, 09:44 AM
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Bottom line, Pharmacist's are crooks. Period, end of story. No further comments need to be posted on this thread!
You hit the nail on the head....If the consumer knew what crooks they were...there would be a bounty on them
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Old 03-18-2008, 09:35 AM
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because puking is even more expensive.
case closed
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Old 11-23-2008, 02:22 PM
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Wow I was actually looking for a real answer to this question and I can't believe I wasted my time coming to this site. The people on here slinging mud are acting like pathetic children. If you just want someone to argue with then this is the site to be on. Thanks for wasting my time and I won't be back here..............lame
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