What Heart Prescription Drugs Are Americans Taking?

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What Heart Prescription Drugs Are Americans Taking?

Post by mrag » November 14th, 2017, 10:23 pm

Currently I am able to use all generics. Metoprolol, Ramipril, Simvastatin, Lasix. As generics they are inexpensive and the drug insurance premium is low. However prices, co-pays and deductibles skyrocket when you hit brand names like Entresto ($461.84) or Eliquis ($388.19). Just trying to get a feel for what someday I may have to buy. My EP has already recommended Eliquis (like Pradaxa or Xaralto). So what brand drugs (and pricing if known) are you swallowing?
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Re: What Heart Prescription Drugs Are Americans Taking?

Post by doogie55 » November 15th, 2017, 2:26 am

My prescription drugs are all generics...Carvedilol, Lisinopril, Amlodipine, Atorvastatin. I was on Brilinta for 18 months...glad to get off when the manufacturer discount expired!

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Post by freckles1880 » November 15th, 2017, 9:25 am

I think that most of us can stick with the more generic drugs. I found that when my doctor prescribed a new drug he usually did not even know the cost. I had one he had been told it was inexpensive by the salesperson and it was $28 a day. He dropped that one in a hurry.

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Post by TruckerRon » November 15th, 2017, 11:22 am

Early on I had a brand name drug prescribed (Diovan), but we quickly found a generic for it.
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Re: What Heart Prescription Drugs Are Americans Taking?

Post by ROBO Pop » November 15th, 2017, 11:27 am

I'm not quite clear on where you are headed withe these posts, but you can't make sense out of the US medical system. Let me give a personal example ...
I had Part D (prescription drug insurance) through a well known US insurance company. My monthly premium was $47/month and even generic drugs usually cost me $6 to $9 each in addition to an annual co insurance charge of $450. Oh, and I had to use a specific pharmacy.

So they offered me a new plan for $22/ month, no charge for generics and no co-insurance cost. And to clinch it, it's through the same pharmacy. The old plan still exists FYI. ... so just how does the medical community justify this kind of disparity?

I take:
Metoprolol
Atorvastatin
Ranexa $6
Isosorbide mononitrate $9
Clopidegril
Furosemide
Nitrostat $6
Amlodipine
Pantoprazole
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Re: What Heart Prescription Drugs Are Americans Taking?

Post by freckles1880 » November 15th, 2017, 11:53 am

They don't justify it.
One thing I think is wrong here is the USA is that the VA can negotiate prices while it is not "legal" for Medicare to do so.

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Re: What Heart Prescription Drugs Are Americans Taking?

Post by mrag » November 15th, 2017, 6:28 pm

The American society is so advanced, it can be hard to follow what our country has achieved in the way of healthcare and prescription pharmaceuticals. If you're not living here and get your drugs elsewhere ((Canada, Australia, Zimbabwe, etc), check out what we're able to buy here at discount prices:
Eliquis (an alleged warfarin replacement): a mere $388.19 list price per month
Pradaxa (another warfarin replacement): an easy $370 per month, but a "Tier 4" drug (maybe Murica is the only one with "tiers")
Entresto an anti CHF with lots of good reports (and no, I did NOT say Fake News): a bargain at $400 per month

Colchicine has about nothing to do with hearts, but is it an interesting story for cocktail and re election parties regarding US drug companies. Please read WikiPedia for specific details. A variation of Colchicine has been around since 1500 BC and you might think that might make it eligible for the generic column. Ha. At one point it was like $.05 a pill. Today, 18 tablets will set you back about $170 US UNLESS you suck up to MyKidsMom or Suzanne. You see in Canada, they can buy the exact same drug in a local pharmacy for $17.00 and that's without using any of their street connection drug dealers-it's all legit. Really, read the WikiPedia (not WikiLeaks) article.

There is another thread nearby titled Medicare Plans that might, at some extreme level, be considered informed reading and somewhat related to this thread.
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Re: What Heart Prescription Drugs Are Americans Taking?

Post by dick » Yesterday, 6:35 pm

One thing I think is wrong here is the USA is that the VA can negotiate prices while it is not "legal" for Medicare to do so.
Anyone care to guess why Medicare, despite being the largest single purchaser of drugs in the entire world, can NOT negotiate drug prices? Sorry, this may not be appropriate for a support forum for people simply trying to live. What the hell do they need drugs for anyway?

(and do not think for a moment this is about elephants or the new Presidential executive order/authorization permitting the hunting of foreign elephants and bringing back their body parts to the US. a mere coincidence if the President's sons like hunting, in Africa, in Zimbabwe, for elephants)

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