Same Prescription: Canada $52.99 - USA over $900.00

Real Estate Agent with Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida

 Same Prescription: Canada $52.99 - USA over $900.00 at Publix Pharmacy in Cocoa Beach... And we wonder why more of the middle class can't afford to jump into the housing market unless they are on a drug plan (which is usually co-pay) or totally healthy. My friend opted for the generic at $52.99 from Maybe $100.00 I could understand but $900.00?? I guess that's why there are so many luxury yachts in Miami. It all relates to drugs in one way or another. Where's my Milk Thistle and CoQ10 supplements? 

Drug Company Price Gouging


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Comments (11)

Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

I've heard about some headed across the border to get their prescriptions before...I can see why, really incredible!

Jan 19, 2015 01:49 PM
John Mayer
Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida - Cocoa Beach, FL
Your Beach Area Expert

Pete - This defines greed at it's worst!

Jan 19, 2015 01:51 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA

Hi John, I have heard so much about this. The drug companies subsidize the drugs there by charging more in the US. If Congress really wanted to do something useful, this would be a good place to start.

Jan 19, 2015 01:54 PM
John Mayer
Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida - Cocoa Beach, FL
Your Beach Area Expert

William - I couldn't agree more. It's almost like Americans are forced to buy at the company store like indentured servants of the rich. Congress is a joke controlled by lobbyists and the top 1 % who are widening the gap between the rich and hard working people every day.

Jan 19, 2015 02:09 PM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

John, I had two daughters on acne medication and the monthly prescription for 30 pills was anywhere from $650 to $875 for ONE prescription.  Fortunately at Walgreen's if I bought the family plan prescription card for $36 for one year the prescription "only" cost $585 for the prescription x 2!!!!!


I asked the pharmacist why this simple acne medication prescription was so expensive and if it contained pure platinum or gold within the gelcap.  He said the outrageous cost was lawsuits from being sued by trial lawyers, and even males who could not get pregnant and pass on birth defects had to pay the outrageous cost. 

Unfortunately Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and the President would NOT allow tort reform in the Affordable Care Act for their trial lawyer mega donors so medications like this would not be so outrageously expensive due to punishing lawsuits where the lawyers collect a disproportionate percent of the settlements.

In the majority of the cases, as William said our Congress does not protect our own as foreign governments bully and blackmail the US drug companies and extort very low prices or they will look the other way and let their drug companies produce a generic version while it is under protection by the US patent.


I just wish there was a happy medium to protect the investment of the drug companies that produce some wonderful and life saving drugs as the average cost from idea to inception to production of a once approved FDA brand name drug is about $300 million dollars.  They do have to be rewarded for their risk but not at $900 a prescription.

Jan 19, 2015 10:55 PM
John Mayer
Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida - Cocoa Beach, FL
Your Beach Area Expert

Bruce - Thank you so much for your reply and in depth explanation. Lawyers are mostly a-holes and will do what ever it takes to maintain their lifestyle. There is always a way to overcome obstacles if you go online and do the research.

Jan 26, 2015 02:43 PM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

I am always a bit curious about the specific medication (popularity, time on market, availability of a generic substitution, etc).  I do maintain my pharmacy tech license so I will never have to be a greeter at Walmart!

Feb 10, 2015 04:36 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Hi John!  I hadn't seen any new blogs from you recently, so decided to see if you had posted something new.  I hope you are ok, and doing well!

The whole pharmaseutical thing is quite a racket, with U.S. folks paying a high price for how it is handled.

Apr 18, 2015 11:21 PM
Paul Peck

I Just wanted you to see this Myrl just in case you hadn't...

Sep 15, 2016 12:31 PM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida



Oct 26, 2015 10:14 AM
Paul Peck
Peck Drywall and Painting serving Brevard County, Florida - Melbourne, FL
Licensed Drywall and Painting Contractor

Just heard the news today John. Gonna miss all of your great blogs, humor and ecspecially your music. Take care my friend.  RIP John... 


Sep 06, 2016 07:28 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

John- just checking on you after Hurricane Matthew.  Hope all is well. 

Oct 08, 2016 03:47 AM