Yes, please, take my money.
March 8, 2011 6:15 PM Subscribe
Prescription drug pricing wtf: Compared to last month, this month I got 50% more milligrams of an antidepressant, but had to pay 200% more money. The only difference is the pills were smaller, and so there were more of them. I don't understand what's going on here.
posted by frankly mister to Health & Fitness (16 answers total)
Bupropion (Wellbutrin generic) is the drug I got. Last month I paid $40 for 30 pills of 300mg each. 300mg x 30 pills = 9000mg. This month, my dosage was upped from 300mg to 450mg. I paid $120 for 90 pills of 150mg each. 150mg x 90 pills = 13,500mg. So that's a 50% increase in total milligrams, but a 200% increase in price. When I voiced my bewilderment to the clerk, she asked the pharmacist, and the only explanation given was that this month I got 90 pills instead of 30. I looked at the smaller pills and they were the same as the bigger ones, just smaller; it's not the case that one was "extended release" and the other was not, or something like that.
Surely the cost to the drug company to make more and smaller pills is negligible. So what's going on here? Is it just the drug companies being arbitrary?