High drug prices and prescription drug price gouging has been a hot topic for years, but really took the spotlight last year after millionaire hedge funder Martin Shkreli acquired the rights to the drug Daraprim and raised the price from $13.50 to $750, an overnight increase of over 5500%. Daraprim is used to treat cancer patients and also those who are suffering from HIV and AIDS.
That is another great example to show why we created eDrugSearch.com — to level the playing field for patients who need affordable life-saving medications. At eDrugSearch.com you can find Daraprim 25mg for at $150 for a 90 day supply because our drug search database works with safe and licensed Canadian pharmacies that have various locations to meet the demand for the growing number of Americans purchasing medication online.
As unethical as Shkreli’s actions were, this practice is par for the course. Many prescription drugs sold in the United States are three or four times more expensive than in other countries.
|Medication||U.S. Avg Price||Canada Avg Price||U.K. Avg Price||Spain Avg Price|
|Celebrex (pain)||$ 330||$ 51||$ 112||$ 164|
|Copaxone (MS)||$ 3,900||$ 1,400||$ 862||$ 1,191|
|Cymbalta (depression)||$ 240||$ 110||$ 46||$ 71|
|Enbrel (autoimmune)||$ 3,000||$ 1,646||$ 1,117||$ 1,386|
|Gleevec (leukemia)||$ 8,500||$ 1,141||$ 2,697||$ 3,348|
|Humira (arthritis)||$ 3,049||$ 1,950||$ 1,102||$ 1,498|
All information is taken from the International Federation of Health Plans 2013 Comparative Price Report.
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The Anxiety and Depression Association of America reports that nearly one-fifth of adults in the US suffer from anxiety and/or depression each year. Cymbalta is a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor that is used to treat depression, as well as osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. Given the prolificacy of depression today, it seems that an anti-depressant should be affordable. In the United Kingdom, Cymbalta costs an average of $46 a month, but in the US that number jumps to $195.
Nexium is an inhibitor which reduces acid secretions in the stomach. It is typically used for those who deal with heartburn, acid reflux and other gastroesophageal diseases which affect millions every year. Nexium averages $23 in Netherlands, $60 in Switzerland and $215 in the US. However, a less potent version of Nexium is available over-the-counter in the US at significantly reduced costs.
Celebrex is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug frequently prescribed for pain. It sells for an average of $51 in Canada and $112 in Netherlands and the UK. In the US, however, the average price is $225, double the cost in Britain and four times the cost of the drug in Canada.
Enbrel is a biopharmaceutical that is used to treat certain autoimmune diseases, primarily rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. Enbrel isn’t cheap anywhere; it costs $1,117 a month in the United Kingdom, and in the Netherlands it’s over $1,500 a month. Even so, those costs are still less than in the United States, where the average price sits at $2,225.
Adalimumab (Humira Pen; Exemptia)
Humira and Exemptia are anti-inflammatory medications used to treat a variety of ailments such as rheumatoid arthritis. It averages around $1,500 in New Zealand, Spain and Netherlands. In the US it costs an average of $2,246, but at $1,950 it is almost as expensive in Canada.
Glatiramer Acetate (Copaxone)
Copaxone is an immunomodulator used to treat multiple sclerosis, a debilitating disease that attacks the nerves in the brain and spinal column and affects over 400,00 people. This medicine is available for less than $900 in the UK but costs an average of $3,903 in the United States.
Gleevec is an inhibitor used to treat several forms of cancer, including leukemia. Cancer medication is typically more expensive than other treatments, but the cost of Gleevec is astonishing. The average cost per month in Canada is $1,141; in Spain it is $3,348 and in the US it averages a staggering $6,214 a month.
These prices reflect the bare cost without medical insurance. Most people will actually pay far less. For those who still have trouble meeting the high cost of prescription drugs, eDrugSearch can help you find the medicine you need at prices you can afford.