October 04, 2004

I-Save RX


The downfall of Capitalism and the robbery of the men and women in America is being manifested in more ways than we know. However, one of the many ways the robbery of the men and women in America living under an oppressive capitalist system is being thwarted, is by several states like Illinois and Wisconsin allowing its citizens to get prescription drugs from outside the U.S.

The state of Illinois has put up a website for its citizens called “I-Save RX”; the state of Wisconsin has joined Illinois in it's venture to help it's citizens acquire prescription drugs at a cheaper price from abroad. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been spreading lies and half truths about prescription drugs from abroad, stating that they may not be safe or that they can not guarantee the safety of prescription drugs from abroad. However, there is no news of people dropping dead in Canada, Ireland or the UK from prescription drug poisoning. Therefore we can conclude that prescription drugs from abroad are as safe as prescription drugs here in the U.S. and to further that argument the drugs in the U.S. are made by the same companies that the drugs abroad are made by. The problem lies with the U.S. whorish congress that continues to sell the interest of the men and women that put them in office down the river for a few thousand if not a few million dollars.

The price difference on some of the drugs, especially those that are used in high numbers in the U.S. is a condemnation of the Congress and all those that have sold the interest of the men and women in the U.S. out. It is mind boggling to me that the medical insurance companies are not spearheading the move to get prescription drugs from other nations at a cheaper price. The blood suckers at the various medical insurance companies are quick to deny payment for services needed by the men and women that pay for their insurance and they are quick to say they will only pay for generic drugs but they are mysteriously quiet on the issue of getting cheap prescription drugs from abroad.

This issue is one personal with me; my son and my mother have asthma, my mom uses the Advair Diskus inhaler; the price of a 3 month supply of 250mg, 60 dose diskus is $453.60 in the U.S. Using the I-Save RX website I can get the Advair Diskus 3 month supply for $249.90 and that includes shipping. Heart Burn is a big problem in the U.S., there are thousands of people taking Nexium AKA "the purple pill” for their heartburn, A 3 month supply of Nexium in the U.S. cost $373.80, however through “I-Save RX” a 3 month supply of Nexium can be purchased for $197.90, a 45% savings.

The problem with the over pricing of prescription drugs is yet another example of the oppressive nature of capitalism and a government run amuck by whoring itself out to special interest and putting the interest of the men and women that elect officials to represent them to the side.


At 10:04 PM, Blogger Blackhoney said...

Great blog Faheem!
I am also aware that drug manufacturers tend to sell the exact same drugs to different purchasers at widely varying prices.For instance, state Medicaid programs and the federal government are able to use their market power to negotiate huge prescription drug discounts.While uninsured families tend to pay 100% more than the federal government pays for the same drugs.
Talk about unfair :/

At 6:00 AM, Blogger Scott said...

The problem is that since you don't have to pay out of pocket you use the overpriced medicine so you have no incentive to get a good value.

I to have had astma all my life. I also have a ulcer. My doctor perscribes Previd (about $10 a pill or $300 a month) and Flovent (also a shitload).

Well I am currently not using either. I go to my local drugstore and get Bronkaid for my asthma(about $6 for 24 doses - about two weeks for me). And generic zantax about $20 for a 40 day supply. So for my ulcer that is about $350 saving you can calculate the precentage.

So I am getting treatment for less then the co-pay price with percreption coverage.

At 7:17 AM, Blogger Noah TA said...

Faheem, when you really think about it, capitalism only perpetuates many problems. The reason that I say that is born from the fact that capitalism creates opportunities for profiting from social ills. When you have a society where lots of people are profiting from social problems, it then becomes a conflict of economic interest to ever really solve or cure these problems. It is more profitable to the society to treat the symptoms, indefinitely, as opposed to finding the cure. Drugs are a perfect example of this…you have a captive customer base who are dependant on these drugs for their survival. Dependency and need has profit written all over it and that is why the pharmaceutical industry is one of the fastest growing and most profitable industries in the country. They can make much more money from treating symptoms than by finding cures. However, this is not limited to Drugs. The prison Industrial complex, the criminal courts, police, judges and ect…are all making living off of the social problem of crime and poverty.

At 8:01 AM, Blogger Scott said...

"The prison Industrial complex, the criminal courts, police, judges and ect…are all making living off of the social problem of crime and poverty."

Of course they are, and they have nothing to to with capitalism, they are all government controlled industries, health care too.

When you critize capitalizm at least critise the right thing, Walmart, Microsoft, Procter and Gamble, Burger King that is capitalism. Not the public school system. or social security.

Please try to be accurate.

At 8:49 AM, Blogger Faheem said...

Scott, why is it hard for you to see that the prison industrial complex, the criminal court system, and the medical pharmaceutical complex are products of Capitalism? Conservatives never miss the opportunity to equate everything in another country with its economic ideology or its governmental ideology. Even that damn fool Bill O'reilly said on his show that America wins more Olympic medals because America is a Capitalist nation that breeds competition where as the socialist Nations do not breed competition thus they do not win as many medals.

The failings in this country are a direct result of its capitalist system, right down to the venture capitalist selling drugs on the street corner. Wal-Mart, Burger King and the rest of the things you mention are products of capitalism just as the things noted by Noah are products of capitalism.

At 11:01 AM, Blogger Noah TA said...

Scott does not realize that monies from our government’s expenditure still count a part of GDP. All the military contracts that the government has with private contractors help to boost GDP. All the money that people make working for the government is used for purchasing goods and services in our capitalistic economy, thus helping to full economic growth and stability. Government spending on work projects has always been a means of stimulating the economy. There even used to be a time when people would say that the solution to a bad economy is a good war. The reason being is that government spending on the war machine stimulates demand from private sector companies, who then ramp up production and employment, while thousands of people are taken out of the ranks of jobless…because they are in some foreign land fighting a war. .


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