It all started when I ordered refills of a few meds at Walgreens as usual, but the surprise awaited when the time came to make the payment. After the fact I give Walgreens credit for notifying me about a significant price increase but upon hearing the news, I was royally pissed. Nearly $500 for 3 tubes of clobetasol ointment that I use to battle my psoriasis! No way!
Psoriasis and I have been together for the longest time during which I tried this and that but ended up with the above ointment as this seems to be the only one that works for me.
The other refill, for the same length of time for Gabapentin (neuropathy med), brought up an unheard of price of $1,400.
My first thought was, Walgreens must be out of their mind. This must be a mistake. This isn’t happening!! I immediately went online and deleted my credit card info from the Express Pay. Done with that, I sighed with relief and sent an email expressing my deep disappointment.
By doing so, I inadvertently invited more trouble. The way it works with Walgreens, each reply is treated as my automatic approval of the refill price. However since the credit card info was gone, nothing happened except an exchange of a few more emails or so I thought. The “exchange” turned out a one way street, and my desire to communicate fell on deaf ears.
After having done some internet research, I came to the conclusion that it’s not Walgreens the one being out of their mind but rather Big Pharma. An Arizona doctor reports on his website that a price of over $200 for a tube of said ointment is not unusual nowadays.
The good doctor has a theory that might as well be true. He states two reasons for the price increase. First, Big Pharma bought out small companies, thus efficiently eliminating competition, and then again, under Affordable Care Act, Medicare cannot negotiate lower prices for the meds. This gives Big Pharma free rein to increase prices as they see fit. And increase they did.
I guess I will have to do without Gaba and the pain pills. As far as ointment goes, I stocked up a bit on it so will manage for a while. If per chance our president finds a way to return the meds prices to where they were before, I might even start respecting him. Yea right, a fat chance.
Thanks for the ear.