15 Tweets About America’s Prescription Drug Crisis
Medication is expensive, especially if you don’t have insurance. Nearly eight in ten Americans find the cost of prescription drugs to be “unreasonable,” according to a 2019 Kaiser Family Foundation health tracking poll. Among people taking medication, 24% found it difficult to afford their current regimen.
Related: Why are drug costs in the U.S. so high?
As we monitor prices, we often come across consumers who cannot afford their current drug regimen. They’re everywhere: at your supermarket, at the bus stop, (obviously) at the pharmacy, you name it. But also, they’re on Twitter. They are replying to President Trump, asking him to lower drug prices. They’re tweeting at drug companies. Sometimes, they’re just chatting into the void, pointing out the absurdity of it all. I mean, aren’t we all?
Can you do anything to lower the cost of Xarelto, please? This old gal struggles to pay over $400 for a 30-day supply?— Patricia Davidson (@stardust4821) July 25, 2020
The prescription drug crisis can hide in plain sight: If you’re not currently taking any medication, you might not be aware that some people struggle to afford $400 pharmacy co-pays each month. (It happens!) Or that people diagnosed with type 1 diabetes average $5,705 a year in insulin costs -- not even health costs overall.
https://t.co/ypc4NPL3AO co-pay for Janumet is $47.00 each month.That probably won’t change until they actually drop the price from$500.00.Don’t see that happening while the Pharm lobby remains one of the most powerful.— David Manning (@1953davidm) July 25, 2020
@Merck Outrageous price for Janumet ($550-$650/30 day supply) means I can't afford to buy more than 30 days w/o your coupon, and it's still $400!! What are you doing to allow people to purchase 90 day supplies at an affordable cost?— Eggles23 (@eggles23) March 10, 2020
Or in my case, price for 4 Trulicity injections with insurance is over $400 (900+ cash price)and 30 Janumet tablets with insurance is over $300($500+ cash price). They give you a card for one year and both of those were $40/mo for that year. Then Ins co cries DEDUCTIBLE.— Herman Tibbs (@hltibbs) October 23, 2019
Really !?!?! The price of my husband’s Januvia is out of control. And it’s gone up during the pandemic. After insurance it’s about $150.— Sandra Henson (@SandraH01055647) September 1, 2020
I recently purchased Januvia (diabetes)from Canada for $475.00 / 90 day supply. US price $1,450.00. You keep driving people first programs. https://t.co/piftWPihCR— SFW126 (@SFW1261) July 28, 2020
Thank you! My Toujeo Insulin & Januvia for Diabetes@& Xarelto blood thinner for heart Atrial Fib cost a fortune. Please get all of our medication manufactured in AMERICA & get price reduced! It is criminal what they charge!— Fifi LaRu (@LaruFifi) July 25, 2020
2 weeks ago prices I was quoted (approximately) for 3 month supply:— Dan (@dapperdan247) March 4, 2020
Januvia: $1600.00 USD
Jardiance: $1900 USD
Actually received text from pharm stating price of 3300$. Best part is I'm scrapping by on about 10 hours/week PRN.
Yeah, the $482 price tag for the 30 day supply of Xarelto for my husband sure didn't give me any reason to think the prices had gone down— Scheck N. Balance (@ScheckBalance) August 23, 2020
I don't see that. My Xarelto is still over $500/mo. You had 4 years to bring price down.— Jan Maslow (@maslow_jan) August 20, 2020
Dear President Trump: Please get rid of the “donut hole” in high priced drugs. My wife’s xarelto jumps up in price tremendously.— Thom Bate (@thom_bate) July 30, 2020
I have a patient ordering Xarelto from Canada because of the increase in price you STRAIN the American public with. They paid roughly 200$ for a 3 month supply. Before he met his deductible your PBM friends wanted him to pay 450$ for ONE MONTH. Take your lies elsewhere #SCAMMERS— LuciferMerlo (@LuciferMerlo) July 26, 2020
This is what blood thinners cost unless you are commercially insured & the manufacturer gives you a card to pay as little as $10 a month— Brian / Ariana Michaels (@BriansNewHeart) March 23, 2020
Someone please explain to me why lifesaving medications seem to be the highest priced! This is why we need to fix Medicare & Insurance overall pic.twitter.com/rV9yHeh6CY
A friend will have to take xarelto presumably for the rest of his life. He’s in his mid sixties. The price per pill in the USA is just over fifteen dollars per pill. Thirty day supply $450.00 x 12= $5,400 per year. In Canada $2.60 per pill nuff said— John Guerrero (@Johnnygee47) November 2, 2019
My pension after 30 years work is only 1400. My insurance costs 600. The Xarelto is 500. I have a nanny job to pay my bills. Hospitalizations here can cost many thousands of dollars. The US is not a good country to be sick in.— Susan Joliver ????? (@SeekingSusie) August 11, 2020
PharmacyChecker monitors drug prices because we want consumers to know that there is another option. U.S. consumers can bop over the border (virtually, for the most part) and purchase Canadian prescriptions at a steep discount. PharmacyChecker offers consumers a way to compare drug prices at accredited international pharmacies, which often sell the exact same drugs that we have here in the U.S.-- just significantly cheaper.