Psycho-Babble Medication Thread 1094703

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Parnate and drug prices.

Posted by SLS on August 28, 2017, at 22:21:40

Posted by baseball55 on August 28, 2017, at 18:40:21


Sorry for this, but when I click on new thread, nothing happens, so I'm just posting this on an existing thread. If someone can tell me how to open a new thread, I'd be grateful.

Anyway: I picked up a scrip for parnate today (90 pills) and was charged $97.50. I called the benefits manager and, it seems my company now has a $100 deductible for medications, which was why paid full price. Sucks, but okay.

My question is - how does a scrip for 90 10mg parnate pills cost $97.50 before insurance? This is like - what - a 50 -60 year old generic drug? How do people even manage without good insurance? When I was told the price (but before I called the insurance company), I realized that I couldn't continue taking this drug if I had to pay almost $100/month, even though parnate is the only anti-depressant that has ever worked consistently for me. I make okay money, but $100/month is still a lot. What about people who make less than me?

It made me sick. Insurance has protected me for years from the reality of drug prices.

 

Re: Parnate and drug prices.

Posted by sigismund on August 28, 2017, at 23:35:03

In reply to Parnate and drug prices., posted by SLS on August 28, 2017, at 22:21:40

I have an old box of Parnate from 2005. At that time it cost me A$4.60. The full cost (they put it on the box) was A$13.66.

I think this means that the NHS negotiated with the manufacturer to put it on the NHS in return for a price reduction.

Then the government paid the difference.

 

Re: Parnate and drug prices.

Posted by baseball55 on August 29, 2017, at 18:27:34

In reply to Re: Parnate and drug prices., posted by sigismund on August 28, 2017, at 23:35:03

> I have an old box of Parnate from 2005. At that time it cost me A$4.60. The full cost (they put it on the box) was A$13.66.
>
> I think this means that the NHS negotiated with the manufacturer to put it on the NHS in return for a price reduction.
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> Then the government paid the difference.

Huh. Are you in the UK?

 

Re: Parnate and drug prices.

Posted by sigismund on August 30, 2017, at 2:00:06

In reply to Re: Parnate and drug prices., posted by baseball55 on August 29, 2017, at 18:27:34

Australia

 

Re: Parnate and drug prices.

Posted by pedr on August 30, 2017, at 10:55:13

In reply to Parnate and drug prices., posted by SLS on August 28, 2017, at 22:21:40

I was going to suggest a resource like goodrx but on there it's $115 as well. I can only think that it's so rarely prescribed that they can command a premium. You're totally right - how on earth are people on lower wages supposed to afford that?

 

Re: Parnate and drug prices.

Posted by pedr on August 30, 2017, at 10:55:17

In reply to Parnate and drug prices., posted by SLS on August 28, 2017, at 22:21:40

I was going to suggest a resource like goodrx but on there it's $115 as well. I can only think that it's so rarely prescribed that they can command a premium. You're totally right - how on earth are people on lower wages supposed to afford that?

 

Re: Parnate and drug prices.

Posted by PeterMartin on September 7, 2017, at 0:32:49

In reply to Re: Parnate and drug prices., posted by sigismund on August 28, 2017, at 23:35:03

I am actually dealing with this now. I have insurance through my gf and her company was just bought by another who has different plans.

I've been on Marplan for 7yrs now and the new plan I'll have next yr will no pay a penny towards Marplan. My current 60mg a day dose would cost $990 or something a month. So I'm going to have to have a big discussion e my pdoc in two days about alternatives. I'd actually prob be excited to give Nardil another go (was on it a few months ten yrs ago) but the weight gain ugh I think that kills it :-(.

Anyway yea med prices are a huge problem in the US. We pay way too much compared to other countries.

One thing to try (although it doesn't seem like it will help w Parnate) is GoodRx. ( https://www.goodrx.com - there's a phone app also). I don't know how but they are able to get you much much lower prices on drugs. Tyoe in the drug and it'll show you the prices their coupon code can get you at pharmacies neat you. For a time I was using that to get provigil for $70 when it would have cost $500 w.o. Most of the app reviews and searching I've done seem to think it's an ok thing to use.....they may get some basic info on you but for $100s saving I'm ok w that....

 

Re: Parnate and drug prices. PeterMartin

Posted by baseball55 on September 7, 2017, at 17:55:04

In reply to Re: Parnate and drug prices., posted by PeterMartin on September 7, 2017, at 0:32:49

Wow! $990 for Marplan!. At least the parnate was only $97. As it turns out, I had to pay full price because of a new deductible for my drug coverage. From now on, just the $10 co-pay.

I thought parnate was ridiculous for a generic, but I suppose Marplan is prescribed ever more rarely. Did you gain weight on Nardil? Most people don't. Sorry if that is a problem for you. I know that was a deal-breaker for me with AAP's, which worked like magic but made me fat.


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