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  •  I have heard more reports this year about (15+ / 0-)

    the higher cost for generic medications. The U.S. Congressional Candidate I work for explained it to us after a staffer with COPD came in from the pharmacy. She had previously been prescribed a generic. When she went to get her prescription filled the cost jumped from $8.95 to over a hundred dollars. She refused the prescription. When we examined it, we learned that there was one additional ingredient in the drug she'd always taken. The drug company was able to count this barely revised drug as a new drug and jack up the cost to those who pay for medications and the drug company's bottom line.

    David E. Cozad, who is the Democratic Nominee challenging (R) Joe Barton for the US TX-6 seat makes this one of his priorities. Cozad says he'll sponsor legislation to require transparency on drug prices before the prescription is filled to the 1. prescribing physician and 2. the patient.  

    This should allow physicans to evaluate if the newer version is really worth the difference in cost and help curtain the excesses of the drug industry.

    •  There are some without explanation at all. (2+ / 0-)
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      Van Buren, FloridaSNMOM

      I had a MA plan from one insurance co. last year wherein Metoprolol was a Tier one generic, price zero, and with a different company this year because the local hospital changed which MA it would accept, the same prescription is seventy six bucks. Generic, but that's the diff because of policies, I guess.

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