When you head down to your local pharmacy, you never think of how the prices are actually sent to them. With my company, they appear at least once a week in a new report. The bad thing is that they go up instead of down, in most cases. The only time they go down, is when the generic appears on the market, i’ve noticed. But it’s bad when there’s certain things that have been around for years on end–and they get a 23$ price hike.

The initial prices for the drugs are in part for the R&D costs, and nowadays for the advertisement blitz we’ve all gotten annoyed with. But the rising costs i find almost extortionist, especially with those that NEED certain drugs to function without wheezing because of allergies half the time. Getting yelled at because the drug prices are given on high from corporate and the BigPharma manufacturer does not help anyone in the end, but the CEOs never hear it, and they make complaining about said pricing near impossible.

I wasn’t paying attention to this except as of late, when i realized that’s how much it affects those with a percentage. I’m on a particular asthma drug that now costs me about 23$ and change with my particular plan. When i began taking it, it was 20$ even. It’s worse with those with the cancer and specialty drugs that range in the thousands of dollars since the 4th tier has started to rear its ugly head in most plans. January and July are the times when rollovers most often occur for most RX plans. So that’s when the most shocks occur. This July is when i first saw that 4th tier begin to show up on certain plans.

We need universal health care badly in this country. This extortion game can not keep going on and manage to stay stable. Pharmacy will always be there as a profession now, but the pricing standard has GOT to go. So do the advertisements that make up a good half(or more) of the price tag here in this country alone.