Tuesday/ prescription drug prices: buyer beware

I have a new health insurance plan for 2018.  It turned out my new plan does not cover a prescription drug that I use, and was looking to refill.

Now I know why prescription drug prices, is a top health care issue in the United States. Insurers and pharmacies can basically charge any price they want for prescription drugs. The drug I was looking to refill today, has been around a long, long time (more than 10 years).  Its manufacturer sells billions of dollars of it every year.  A generic version came out in 2016.

To illustrate:
Walgreens 90 day out-of-pocket, no insurance: $575. What?! 
Walgreens w. GoodRx coupon 90 days, out-of-pocket $168. Better. 
Costco w. GoodRx coupon 90 days, out-of-pocket $26. <Yes! I pick this one. 

What is going on here? The vaunted free market at work? I say it is capitalism and healthcare-for-profit, both gone haywire.  Bernie Sanders for President!

On-line commercial for prescription drug discount coupon website GoodRx. What the picture shows is absolutely true. Pharmacy B just miles away from Pharmacy A can sell the same drug for 3 or 4 times the price.

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