Big Pharma has followed the only avenue left to reap billion-dollar profits: jack up the price of generics.
|Drug||Use||Average Market Price Oct. 2013||Average Market Price April 2014||Average Percentage Increase|
(bottle of 500, 100 mg tablets)
|antibiotic used to treat a variety of infections||$20||$1,849||8,281%|
(bottle of 100, 2 mg tablets)
|used to treat asthma and other lung conditions||$11||$434||4,014%|
(box of 10 0.2 mg/mL, 20 mL vials)
|used to prevent irregular heartbeats during surgery||$65||$1,277||2,728%|
|Divalproex Sodium ER|
(bottle of 80, 500 mg tablets ER 24H)
|used to prevent migraines and treat certain types of seizures||$31||$234||736%|
(bottle of 500, 10 mg tablets)
|used to treat high cholesterol and to prevent heart disease||$27||$196||573%|
(box of 10 1:1000 vials)
|used in anesthesia to reverse the effects of some muscle relaxants||$25||$121||522%|
(bottle of 100, 20-25 mg tablets)
|used to treat high blood pressure||$34||$149||420%|
(box of 25, 0.2 mg/mL vials)
|used to treat heart attacks and irregular heartbeat||$916||$4,489||390%|
(50 mg vial)
|used to treat congestive heart failure and reduce blood pressure||$44||$215||388%|
(single tablet, 250 mcg)
|used to treat irregular heartbeats and heart failure||$0.11||$1.10||884%|
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