I have Lyme Disease and as a result have to take an IV drug called Ceftriaxone. I was told by Humana that Rite Aid had the least expensive cost for this drug. This was approximately $2000 a month. My coverage has a coverage gap at $2500, meaning that at $2500 I have to pay 100% of the cost. This of course is after only a little more than 1 month of treatment. I am on disability so this is a huge issue. I spent quite a bit of time researching the cost of this drug in the beginning of treatment and could find no alternative.
Recently I decided to try again - spent again a huge amount of time calling every pharmacy - and found that Costco's price is $350.
I was stunned that one company could charge $1650 more for the same drug. How is this possible? And whose pocket is this $1650 monthly going into?
It is abhorrent to me that the most vulnerable of our population - people who are sick - are getting ripped off. I am very computer literate so I believe that there are 1000s of people out there who are not able to spend the time doing what I did and are paying out of pocket $2000 a month for this drug.
Someone should be reporting this $1650 a month ripoff. If you assume that there are 10,000 people in the US taking this drug. This is an annual profit of $198,000,000.00. That's 198 million dollars!!!
Seems to me this is something that certainly the CFO of Humana would be interested in and someone out there somewhere should be reporting.