Wednesday, July 9 2014, 06:22 PM CDT
Prescription drugs are skyrocketing
BEAUMONT-By Jennifer Gordy
If you have a heart condition, diabetes, high cholesterol, you know how expensive the drugs are to treat the condition. The cost of the drugs, whether generic or name-brand, is skyrocketing.
Pharmacy Tech, Amy Lovoi, works at her family's pharmacy, Lovoi and Sons. Lovoi says, "We are definitely seeing increases a hundred percent, a thousand percent, and in some cases 6 thousand percent. We've been in business for over 80 years so my uncle and my father are aware of the costs of the drugs from way back when. When I inform them of the increases they are shocked."
Some examples, Mycolog cream, an anti-fungal treatment, jumped from 49 dollars last July to 169 dollars this year.
Amitriptyline, a generic drug used to treat depression, increased overnight this May from 18 dollars to four hundred dollars for a bottle of one thousand tablets.
It's hard to pin down just what has catapulted prescription prices almost out of reach for some.
Lovoi says, "I recommend you pick up the Wall Street Journal and take a look at what pharmaceutical companies are making. It's astronomical. They are making big dollars."
Concerned citizen Joe Evans blames the President for the extra dollars they have to spend on prescription meds. Evans says, "I think the current administration has put these things in place so people will have to be at the mercy of the insurance companies and you have to buy the expensive insurance and expensive medicine. You just have to."
Lovoi says some patients even consider stopping their medication because of rising costs. She warns that's not a good idea. Lovoi says, "When something is too expensive, we do take that extra step and call the doctor and talk to the nurse see if we can find an alternative for them that is less expensive. We don't want our patients to go without medication that's unhealthy and very risky. But the costs are causing a different kind of pain to the pocketbook.
Lovoi says, "I just know that there doesn't seem to be an end in sight."
Lovoi recommends getting your pharmacist involved in helping find a less expensive alternative, if a prescription becomes unaffordable.