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Drug Dealers & COSTCO?Poetry by Luke Easter Salem-News.com
Some American drug stores would rob you blind; Costco isn't one of them.
(CLEVELAND) - Last July, an investigative reporter named Steve Wilson with channel 7 News in Detroit, covered a story about generic drug price gouging by pharmacies.
Wilson's report revealed that some generic drugs were marked up as much as 3,000% or more. Snopes reports, "Yes, that's not a typo . . . three thousand percent!"
"Mr. Wilson did a thorough research, and checked out all the major drugstore chains, discount chains, independent pharmacies, and even checked on some Canadian pharmacies. So often, we blame the drug companies for the high cost of drugs, and usually rightfully so. But in this case, the fault clearly lies with the pharmacies themselves."
"For example, if you had to buy a prescription drug, and bought the name brand, you might pay $100 for 100 pills. The pharmacist might tell you that if you get the generic equivalent, they would only cost $80, making you think you are "saving" $20. What the pharmacist is not telling you is that those 100 generic pills may have only cost him $10!
"At the end of the report, one of the anchors asked Mr. Wilson whether or not there were any pharmacies that did not adhere to this practice, and he said that Costco consistently charged little over their cost for the generic drugs. They gave the link to Costco, which I will include here, so that you can go and check prices for yourself. www.costco.com Costco Online pharmacy."
Snopes relates how visiting the Costco site allows a person to look up any drug, and get it's online price, which is the same as the in-store price. In one example, Compazine, which helps prevent nausea in chemo patients, cost $54.99 for 60 pills at CVS. Snopes checked the price at Costco, where 100 pills would only cost $19.89. It also is important to note that Costco is a "membership" store, but you do NOT have to be a member to buy prescriptions there.
Please note that Costco is not a paying advertiser here, we just feel obligated to share information like this with Americans, and we thank Costco for being so good to so many for all of these years.
Drug Dealers & COSTCO?
There are many things in society that will turn a stomach sour,
I know like in my cousin’s neighborhood, corner of the street,
Like must drugs, they come from countries other than our own,
Talking bout that dude on the corner, the FDA is on the take?
Remember, I’m not talking about Ray-Ray, Pookie or J-Rock,
None other than multi-billion $$$ Pharmaceutical Companies,
Ever use, “Celebrex” consumer price is $130.27 for 100 tabs,
Next we have, “Keflex” 250mg 100 tablets and only $157.39,
Now to some increases where the CEO’s should be doing time,
“Zoloft” 11,821, “Zocor” 4,059, with 7,892 for “Zithromax,”
Strange, there is all this fuss, complaining and crying, why?
There is 224,973%, “Prozac” if you have it lock your door,
So, just living in the greatest country does not make it great,
Yep, it’s just like that, with a mega benefit package for life,
Since they have over 400 stores in the United States alone,
Major factor in exacerbating the nation’s health care crisis?
Not the Senate, the House or any of those whom we elect,
By Luke Easter
Luke Easter is a poet who writes about things that are very close to the heart of Salem-News.com. Another former U.S. Marine, Luke heals the world with an approach that reaches people on a different level, one known for centuries, yet too often forgotten in the one we live in.
We live in a world of social & economic injustice. The main reason for founding America in the first place was to relieve the oppression of the King of England. Patrick Henry said it best, “give me liberty or give me death.” And yet, all too often death seems to be the only way out. Why is there such a high suicide rate especially among teens, in the land of the free & the home of the brave? What makes headlines? Good news? Ha! More depressing stories than anything else. I feel poetry takes an edge off the hurt of bad news while still delivering it but in a, “glitzy” sort of way. Giving a different perspective. Kind of like slap in the face as opposed to a knife in the back. At least with the slap you’ll live to see another day and you will know whom it’s from. I wasn’t here for the beginning of the world but at 59, I just might be here for the end.
Even though it’s still a knife, rhyme poetry helps to dull the blade. And that’s my job. You can write to Luke Easter at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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