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    ... From: FRANK CLARK To: Bill Hockaday , laurie9270@gmail.com, jesse@iecsystems.com, kec59@bellsouth.net,
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      From: "FRANK CLARK" <fandbclark@...>
      To: "Bill Hockaday" <bhockaday@...>, laurie9270@..., jesse@..., kec59@..., airplaneplace@..., lcraig1020@..., ronfdenney@..., drnak@..., tlett@..., rebeccaflickinger@..., jkeever59@..., drsjsmith@..., kf4tqv@..., mikedclark9647@..., kemp2838@..., "zoey 7 5 05" <zoey_7_5_05@...>, waynedills@..., tandfclark@..., halldacga@..., rajn49@..., b-u-g-s@..., "greg voyles" <greg.voyles@...>, larrymcnally@..., vajr35@..., irvinleroy2@..., 23jsmith@..., shibi1@..., kpurl@..., steague@...
      Sent: Thursday, March 7, 2013 4:59:25 PM
      Subject: FW: Costco


       


       
      Costco --- read the whole article (
       
       
          
      The  attached article is  VERY INTERESTING.....  Please read until the very end.    Please pass this article to all your family and  friends.   

      Costco--Read  this whole article-especially the  end




      Let's  hear it for Costco!! (This is just  mind-boggling!) Make sure you read all the way  past the list of the drugs. The woman that  signed below is a Budget Analyst out of federal 
      Washington  , DC  offices.


      Did  you ever wonder how much it costs a drug company  for the active ingredient in prescription  medications? Some people think it must cost a  lot, since many drugs sell for more than $2.00  per tablet. We did a search of offshore chemical  synthesizers that supply the active ingredients  found in drugs approved by the FDA. As we have  revealed in past issues of Life Extension, a  significant percentage of drugs sold in the 
      United  States  contain  active ingredients made in other countries. In  our independent investigation of how much profit  drug companies really make, we obtained the  actual price of active ingredients used in some  of the most popular drugs sold in  America


      The  data below speaks for  itself.


      Celebrex:
      100  mg
      Consumer price (100 tablets):  $130.27
      Cost of general active ingredients: $  0.60
      Percent markup:  21,712%




      Claritin:
      1  0 mg
      Consumer Price (100 tablets):  $215.17
      Cost of general active ingredients:  $0.71
      Percent markup:  30,306%




      Keflex:
      250  mg
      Consumer Price (100 tablets):  $157.39
      Cost of general active ingredients:  $1.88
      Percent markup:  8,372%






      Lipitor:
      20  mg
      Consumer Price (100 tablets):  $272.37
      Cost of general active ingredients:  $5.80
      Percent markup:  4,696%




      Norvasc:
      10  mg Cost of general active ingredients:  $0.14
      Percent markup:  134,493%




      Paxil:
      20  mg
      Consumer price (100 tablets):  $220.27
      Cost of general active ingredients:  $7.60
      Percent markup:  2,898%



      Prevacid:
      30  mg
      Consumer price (100 tablets):  $44.77
      Cost of general active ingredients:  $1.01
      Percent markup:  34,136%






      Prilosec
      :  20 mg
      Consumer price (100 tablets):  $360.97
      Cost of general active ingredients  $0.52
      Percent markup:  69,417%




      Prozac:
      20  mg
      Consumer price (100 tablets) :  $247.47
      Cost of general active ingredients:  $0.11
      Percent markup:  224,973%




      Tenormin:
      50  mg
      Consumer price (100 tablets):  $104.47
      Cost of general active ingredients:  $0.13
      Percent markup:  80,362%






      Vasotec:
      10  mg
      Consumer price (100 tablets):  $102.37
      Cost of general active ingredients:  $0.20
      Percent markup:  51,185%




      Xanax:
      1  mg
      Consumer price (100 tablets) :  $136.79
      Cost of general active ingredients:  $0.024
      Percent markup:  569,958%




      Zestril:
      20  mg
      Consumer price (100 tablets)  $89.89
      Cost of general active ingredients  $3.20
      Percent markup:  2,809




      Zithromax:
      600  mg
      Consumer price (100 tablets):  $1,482.19
      Cost of general active ingredients:  $18.78
      Percent markup:  7,892%




      Zocor:  /B
      40  mg
      Consumer price (100 tablets):  $350.27
      Cost of general active ingredients:  $8.63
      Percent markup:  4,059%





      Zoloft:
      50  mg
      Consumer price: $206.87
      Cost of general  active ingredients: $1.75
      Percent markup:  11,821%








      Since  the cost of prescription drugs is so outrageous,  I thought everyone should know about this.  Please read the following and pass it on. It  pays to shop around. This helps to solve the  mystery as to why they can afford to put a  Walgreen's on every corner. On Monday night,  Steve Wilson, an investigative reporter for  Channel 7 News in Detroit , did a  story on generic drug price gouging by  pharmacies. He found in his investigation, that  some of these generic drugs were marked up as  much as 3,000% or more. Yes, that's not a  typo.....three thousand percent! So often, we  blame the drug companies for the high cost of  drugs, and usually rightfully so. But in this  case, the fault clearly lies with the pharmacies  themselves. For example, if you had to buy a  prescription drug, and bought the name brand,  you might pay $100 for 100 pills. The pharmacist  might tell you that if you get the generic  equivalent, they would only cost $80, making you  think you are 'saving' $20. What the pharmacist  is not telling you is that those 100 generic  pills may have only cost him $10!


      At  the end of the report, one of the anchors asked  Mr. Wilson whether or not there were any  pharmacies that did not adhere to this practice,  and he said that Costco consistently charged  little over their cost for the generic  drugs..



      I  went to the Costco site, where you can look up  any drug, and get its online price. It says that  the in-store prices are consistent with the  online prices. I was appalled. Just to give you  one example from my own experience, I had to use  the drug, Compazine, which helps prevent nausea  in chemo patients.





      I  used the generic equivalent, which cost $54.99  for 60 pills at CVS. I checked the price at  Costco, and I could have bought 100 pills for  $19.89. For 145 of my pain pills, I paid $72.57.  I could have got 150 at Costco for  $28.08.


      I  would like to mention, that although Costco is a  'membership' type store, you do NOT have to be a  member to buy prescriptions there, as it is a  federally regulated substance. You just tell  them at the door that you wish to use the  pharmacy, and they will let you in. (this is  true)


      I  went there this past Thursday and asked them. I  am asking each of you to please help me by  copying this letter, and passing it into your  own e-mail, and send it to everyone you know  with an e-mail address.
       

       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
        
       
       
       
       
       
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