I had an upper endoscopy in August and was diagnosed with H. pylori (bacteria that can survive in stomach acid) gastritis.
Most common therapy can include 1 or 2 of 4 antibiotic classes, an acid reducing medication, and bismuth (think Pepto Bismol) Well, one antibiotic class has severe interactions with one of my heart medications, and another class has severe interactions with one of my antidepressants. That leaves me with 2 antibiotic options.
So I get prescribed Metronidazole and Tetracycline. With my insurance, the Metronidazole is $3.00. The pharmacy called me and said the Tetracycline prescription would be $500.00 for a 2 week supply. FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS for a generic antibiotic that has been on the market for 63 years.
I’m wondering WTF ?!?!?! I do a search and find peoplespharmacy.com. “We cannot say for sure that tetracycline has been caught up in the price fixing scandal.” Well, I CAN SAY FOR SURE THAT IT HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN A PRICE FIXING SCANDAL.
This goes far beyond what I think is a “reasonable profit”.