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    Just a word of caution, when taking medication the first time or taking medication you haven't taken in a long time take do it in the emergency room of a hospital. This month alone I have found out I am allergic to two common medications. One of them just gave me hives and the other I pre-coded.

    I had some surgery and was in the recovery room and was given common prescription pain medication and within 10 to 15 minutes I could not breath and had to be given something to flush the whole drug out of my system and put on oxygen. I have been out of the hospital since recovering at home from some surgery I had. I didn't know I was allergic to the medication and had I taken it at home I surely would have died.

    PS both drugs I have taken in my life before although not for years. (an antibiotic and the other a prescription pain killer). I have had ZERO allergies in my life until now. My body has just decided at my age it just doesn't like them anymore and was reacting to them (one with hives and the other with asphyxia). I have declined all pain meds since then and have been recovering from a rather painful surgery with just bed rest and over the counter Tylenol at home. I do not look forward to coping with old age afraid to take pain meds but damn if I want to go through that again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John T Ford View Post
    Many insulins can be bought OTC at Wal-Mart for $25 to $30 a vial.

    The long acting insulins and the pens are what so expensive.
    Walmart is great for many generic medications...I get a couple of mine there. My Synthroid and Metformin. You can get a 90 day supply for 10.00. I don't even run it through my insurance. You are correct...many of the newer diabetes meds are obscenely expensive even with insurance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John T Ford View Post
    Many insulins can be bought OTC at Wal-Mart for $25 to $30 a vial.

    The long acting insulins and the pens are what so expensive.
    Only the older version of insulin is.

    ReliOn Brand of insulin at Walmart is available without prescription in some states. However, it includes very limited types of insulin.
    http://insulinnation.com/treatment/m...-over-counter/

    Not a solution...only a small exception.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HCProf View Post
    Walmart is great for many generic medications...I get a couple of mine there. My Synthroid and Metformin. You can get a 90 day supply for 10.00. I don't even run it through my insurance. You are correct...many of the newer diabetes meds are obscenely expensive even with insurance.
    Walmart or any other dispensary does not control the cost set by drug companies and charged by prescription drug programs.

    A generic drug I used for years went up 400% in cost. The drug was a tier 2 classified drug. I checked with numerous Plan D insurers and all had the drug moving to a tier 3 class.

    That has nothing to do with any drug store or buying the drug out of pocket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DebateDrone View Post
    Walmart or any other dispensary does not control the cost set by drug companies and charged by prescription drug programs.

    A generic drug I used for years went up 400% in cost. The drug was a tier 2 classified drug. I checked with numerous Plan D insurers and all had the drug moving to a tier 3 class.

    That has nothing to do with any drug store or buying the drug out of pocket.
    The other issue is who these pharmacies contract with. Most don't realize that they have contracts with pharma. So for example a drug may not be cheap at CVS but could be $5 at Walmart or Costco. If you get the drug and compare you might find that CVS gets their generics from a company in the UK whereas Walmart may get it from Bangladesh or China. The generics in those countries are super cheap and offer lower cost alternatives. The downside is that they have a higher recall rate due to the FDA finding impurities in some.

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