The PR Disasters of Big Pharma

 

The PR Disasters of Big Pharma

My doctor put me on Nexium—one capsule a day. Since I am paying for the new drug coverage from Medicare, I don’t think about the cost. I swipe my credit card, sign away $87 for 90 pills, take the container and go home. Then I glanced at the receipt and saw the following: Eckerd regular cash price would have been: $463.05. I blinked and re-read the number. More than $5 for each of those teeny purple capsules! Unbelievable! With these things being produced in the hundreds of millions, the actual cost per pill is maybe 10¢. If so, the $5 price tag per