Monday, June 10, 2013

Advancements in Pharmaceuticals for the Good of Humankind

Hey, there's a "new" drug out for morning sickness! It's called "Diclegis" and it costs about $570 per 100 tablets.  Each tablet is a combination of 10mg pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) and 10 mg doxylamine.
The cost of these two medications, if purchased over-the-counter separately -- a few DOLLARS. (Doxylamine is "Unisom", in a 25mg tablet --- hint: break it in half!)

The DrugMonkey has covered this kind of stuff thoroughly in his newest book, "The Pharmacy Rip Off List", but wow, this one took my breath away.  Maybe because even the Pharmacists Letter felt that it deserved a mention (although they did put the quotation marks around the word "new.")

We waste so much money and resources on this kind of silliness.  I can't believe we're still seeing it.