We Asked Our Grooviest Intern to Give Us an Unbiased Assessment…
Turns out, she had it in for us.
Our yoga-loving, organic eating, never-takes-medicine-ever intern was skeptical about our program’s efficiency. Being the martyrs that we are, we asked her to play devil’s advocate and see how our product and service stacked up against the competition.
After reading America’s Most Popular Drugs according to Forbes magazine (May 11, 2010), she was set to the task of researching the average cost of the top ten drugs on that list, comparing and contrasting across-the-board pricing for people with and without insurance. While cost varies tremendously from place to place, we wanted an educated estimate for each.
At first, she returned triumphantly and announced that there were online drug companies that sold name-brand equivalent medications for less than what we could offer – no prescription needed and no questions asked. She also located some very nice resources in Canada.
But when asked, “What can you tell us about the quality control and integrity of a company selling prescription drugs without a doctor’s consent?” and “So, how much did those non-FDA-approved meds go for – with shipping – from Canada?” She came up a little empty.
To be fair, she dutifully went back to the drawing board, this time, only using trustworthy (and accessible) pharmacies such as Walgreens, CVS, Walmart and Rite Aid – places where we wouldn’t have to question if those medications were what the advertiser said they were.
Here’s a sample of what she found:
Crestor (high cholesterol) 10mg $69 per month / 30 (quantity)
Diovan (HBP) 80 mg $80 / 30
Effexor XR (depression) 75 mg $92 / 30
Actos (diabetes) 30 mg $61 / 30
Nexium (GERD) 40 mg $215 / 30
Premarin (estrogen) 1.25 mg $58 / 30
Lipitor (cholesterol) 10 mg $84 / 30
Synthroid (hormone) 20 mcg $41 / 30
Tricor (cholesterol) 145 mg $45 / 30
Micardis (HBP) 40 mg $104/ 30
We then plugged those names and quantities into our EquivaMeds database, here’s what we discovered:
Crestor Equivalent drug $15.80 per month / $640 annual savings
Diovan Equivalent drug $7 / $875
Effexor XR Equivalent drug $55 / $444
Actos Equivalent drug $12 / $587
Nexium Equivalent drug $147 / $808
Premerin Equivalent drug $6 / $635
Lipitor Equivalent drug $18 / $575
Synthroid Equivalent drug $11 / $352
Tricor Equivalent drug $14 / $373
Micardis Equivalent drug $8 / $1156
With an average savings of nearly $645 per year, even our groovy intern had to admit that we were on to something.