Why are my drugs so high?

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My medicine went up how much??

If you’ve noticed a large increase in your medication this month, don’t blame your pharmacist, blame your government.
We work under a system of PBM’s or Pharmacy Benefits Managers. You will know them from the name on your prescription coverage card.
I won’t consider even naming them here for liability purposes, however, as an American citizen I do have a right to discuss a federal institution that is funded by our tax dollars, mine and yours.
The FDA has initiated a requirement of documentation of why a drug company needs to increase the price of the medication. Ok?
Huh?
Normally, manufacturers increase drug prices due to clinical trials or to make additional medication due to demand. I’ve seen it happen every few years but nothing like what is occurring now. Greater demand requires more personnel, more electricity, more benefits, yada, yada, yada. This is normal and not out of the ordinary. Like any business, as costs increase, so do prices. It’s the law of supply and demand.
However, drug manufacturers have decided to take advantage of the end of the year and our costs are rising like dandelions in my yard!
Since they won’t be able to raise the price of drugs after January without an “act of congress”, your drug costs are skyrocketing. As are mine!
Unfortunately, those same PBM’s I mentioned earlier are much slower to update price increases than the drug companies are to update their own prices. The funny thing is that almost every pharmaceutical manufacturer that you can name, owns its own PBM, and often a pharmacy or mail order chain as well. Just so you know, that same type
of monopoly is what caused Microsoft to have to split.
For example, I order a drug on September 30 for $24.00 per 100 tablets. The next day, I order the same medication for $54.00. In one day, the manufacturer has increased the price over 100% but your insurance company hasn’t done that yet. So what happens next?
Either you or I pick up the difference.
Is this what Obama care is like? Oh yes, and then more.
Already, clinics are turning away a huge number of Medicare and VA patients to give them time to settle in with a new doctor that can afford the low reimbursement and the time that it takes to receive that reimbursement. (Often 60-120 days)
What would happen if you only got paid every 4 months?
Basically, the result is, you pay your doctor or you pay your insurance premiums.
For decades, America has been one of the top countries in medical care. Having worked in Houston, I saw so many people from every nation in the world coming to MD Anderson for cancer treatment.
Not to mention research hospitals such as the Mayo clinic or Boston general, that have patients worldwide.
One question stands foremost in my mind, as a self employed pharmacist and a provider of benefits to my loyal employees, do I want to see them subjected to socialized medicine? No, I do not.
I would rather medicine return to natural remedies and healers than see the pharmaceutical industry providing our (including my own and my children’s) healthcare.
That is exactly what they are doing each time they require a physician to explain to them why they chose to prescribe a certain medication.

I’m so sick of this! To think that these politicians, in the pockets of every lobbyist group, the largest being pharmaceutical companies, can’t come to a conclusion without shutting down the federal government for the day? This tells me they’ve never worked for themselves a day in their life!
I’m amazed that these are the people we’ve elected to run this country.
I’m amazed that almost every elected official in the federal government is a career politician.
What happened to this country that SHOULD be in the hands of its citizens as outlined in the constitution, which we should all carry in our wallet? I don’t know a single hardworking American with ethics that could afford to run for election.
We have to face the fact that we have elected royalty.
Welcome to socialized Monarchy!
It works in the UK, but I think they have a better understanding if what is at stake.
Anyway.. That’s my opinion.
Think! Live! Love!
Namaste!

Just a thought….

I come here all the time. It’s simply a place to think, ya know really think?
Why do I have to explain it? I write, I think, it’s who I am. I come here just to think. Ya know? I need to think with no one else around and simply talk to my innermost self.
Everything else in my life is compounds and equations and calculations, but when I think and write? It’s simply me and the words.
I need thoughts and diagrams and theories. I may say I’m open minded but I really need a situation in which to think. I need to roll it around in my mind like a green apple jolly rancher on your tongue, and consider the outcomes and observations. I need to taste what freedom and life is like in the midst of my own life. I need it like anyone who has ever craved any substance.
I just come here to think. And I need that.
I need to think
Think, live, love
Namaste!

Hello again!

I’m writing to reconnect with my bloggers! It’s been a crazy last few months and I am so ready for school to be out!! My oldest son is in Austin taking summer classes! I dropped by unannounced and found his apartment very clean except for his bedroom and bathroom. (Typical for him).

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It’s why boys need moms to drop in periodically!
We have had recitals and end of year programs and a National honor society inductee as well as employees taking vacations and blah blah blah!
So I’m exhausted and what did I decide to do about it?
I’m adding more yoga classes to my routine. It will be good for me and I need to focus on overcoming the tedium that the end of the school year causes in a family. No they aren’t doing much in school but here it is summertime and what shall we do as parents?
I’m going to enjoy it and focus on my yoga classes!
Think! Live! Love!
Namaste!

Mothers

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My mother was the person that put dinner on the table and made sure we were where we needed to be on time. She was the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker, and a bag of chips.
My mother wasn’t the stay at home type, she’s smart. Yes, that’s a horrible stereotype, but during my childhood, it was one or the other. Most mothers didn’t work full time or even part time, and how my siblings and I didn’t drive my mother crazy is beyond me! No computers, smart phones or even cable tv, and we still survived?
Happy Mother’s Day to all of you!
No mother is perfect but we all try the best we can. Offer more than you’ve ever received.
My mom is a hero to me and I can only wish my children feel the same!
Think, live, love
Namaste

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