Sudden Dextroamphetamine Price Quadruple????

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f leuck Says:


What happened? Oh, no... I am f+#*ed. Went to Walgreens to fill dextroamph rx tonight. Instead of approx. $75 they said for me with self-pay it's $355+!!!! This is for ONE month. No way I can afford it! Suddenly? What the _ do I do? Taper down with the 2 more days of pills that I have? So, you just blow, they are saying to me. Just be sick, and here, we'll make it so you're much, much sicker!!!

Are all the pharmacies going to have the same astronomical price hike? Has anyone got information about about this?



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jess Says:

The exact same thing happened to me on Nov 1st. I live in south florida. I have 60 dexedrine, 10mg tablets and always costs me around $27. I went in to Walgreens and he said $181. I nearly fell over. So of course I didn't get them. When I visit home in Colorado in a few weeks, I'll look at prices there.

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Verwon Says:

If you were getting 60 of them for the low of a price, then you were getting a great deal. The average price listing is about $20 for 20 of the generic, regular release 10mg tablets, so about $60 for 60 of them.

And that's just the regular release tablets, the extended release capsules are much more expensive.

Learn more Dextroamphetamine details here.

I'd suggest checking prices with other pharmacies in the area.

I had a similar problem with Walgreens recently, where they suddenly took the price on something up over triple what it was the month before, so I had to transfer the prescription elsewhere.

Do either of you have insurance?

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Kate Says:

Same problem with Walgreens. What I was paying 60.00 for (with their W card since I don't have insurance) would now cost over 400.00. I couldn't believe it and certainly couldn't pay it. I think they mistakenly gave me the price for the ER because when I called back, they said 220+. Still excessive. This is really terrible. The lowest price I found was 180.00 at WalMart - so still 3 times. WTH?


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Pat Maciag Says:

We had the same problem with Walgreens. The cost went from a little over $100 to $569. The pharmacy was baffled by the extreme price change. They called CVS to see what they were charging and it was more than their price. Any one know what's going on?

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Dauntra Says:

Seriously! The GENERIC and now nearly TWO HUNDRED bucks just for a MONTH!?!? What HAPPENED? I am dying to know what the hell is up -why the price seemingly arbitrarily sky-rocketed... was it JUST this medication, or other stimulants too???

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Pat Maciag Says:

My friend who works in Kroger pharmacy told me to go to dextroamphetamine.com for a coupon. I did and there is one for 85% off your next purchase of that drug. They also offer a free card that will give you up 75% of certain drugs. :)

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patknj Says:

In NJ the price for 120 tablets (10 mg) went from about $70 to $250 a month ago. I could not afford to fill the prescription and have been looking for alternatives. According to the Teva Pharm site (the only manufacturer leff) Dextroamphetamine Sulfate Tabs are not eligible for patience finanical assistance (tevagenerics.com/default.aspx?pageid=3420) . I plan to talk to my doctor about chaning to vyvanse by Shire.... Vyvanse is covered by Shire's patient assistance program. I know I qualify, so hopefully I will be able to get it for free, or nearly free. (I've already qualified to get Humira and Lamictal for free from the respective manufacturers. Just thought I'd mention it as an alternative for anyone on limited income who doesn't have insurance

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patknj Says:

Teva, the only manufacturer still making Dextroamphetamine Sulfate Tabs appears to be price gouging. Unfortunately, they do not include Dextroamphetamine in their patient financial assistance program (perhaps if enough people call and complain they will....). If you don't have insurance and have limited income you may be able to get an alternative medication for free though another pharmaceutical company's program. For example, my doc is helping me apply to Shire for free Vyvanse (Visit rxhope.com/PAP/info/PAPList.aspx?drugid=5195&fieldType=drugid for info on Shire's program)

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Rachel Says:

I just had the same thing happen.... I get dex 5mg 60 pills that lasts me about 5 weeks.... I get a discount with the pharmacy since i go to a sliding fee scale clinic.. It went from 18.00 to 116.00 in a month.... I have read quite a bit about it.... it appears that there was a backorder of 10mg tabs....that they were not making them for a few months... so now they are price gouging to make their money... because now ppl who were getting prescriptions for 10mg have no choice but to get 5's. They are supposedly supposed to start rolling out new dextro 10 mg's by late December... so I would assume that this would lower the price again on the 5 mg's

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Carin Says:

I"m in Western NY. Usually costs me, without insurance because i have none, $75 for 180 IR 10mg tablets, after the perscription savings card from walgreens discount. It is now $375, and the savings card takes it down to $332, i've heard there is some mysterious coupon that brings it back down to the regular just under $100 but pharmacies in WNY suck as far as customer service and i have yet to be able to fill my perscription since it's so unacceptably overpriced now...

anyone have any luck with finding discount coupons or anything from websites?

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Jenny Says:

My daughter has been on this med for years. we paid about $35 a month (cash price) for years. in Sept went up to $80 and this month $285! I left the pills @ Walgreens! If you ever wondered who is really running this country we have our answer- insurance companies & drug manufactures! They are pissed off that Obama was reelected. Desperate to get their $ before Obama care cuts them off! Shame shame!

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Paul Says:

Please please please anyone that has had the price go up to extreme levels report it to the FTC. You can file a complaint here:
ftccomplaintassistant.gov/FTC_Wizard.aspx?Lang=en

The FTC is currently investigating drug manufacturers for charging high prices for generics because they have a monopoly (Teva/Barr) see this article:
ftc.gov/os/highlights/2012/topics/prescriptionDrugs.shtml

The Chuck Schumer has called for an investigation into drug distributor gouging as well. That may be the case here.

You, yes you, need to pressure the FTC to investigate this ridiculous price increase. If there is an outpouring of outrage we may see the FTC step in and investigate. Don't assume your voice won't be heard. Please file a complaint, even if you have insurance, let's let Teva/distributors know we won't take this lying down!

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skipper6567 Says:

dextroamphetamine price gouging. july 2012 10mg tablet was .35 cents per tablet and now a mere 4 months later the same 10mg tablet cost $2.45 per tablet!!!! that is a 7 times price increase!!! please all of us need to take 10 mins of time and file a complaint!! follow the above link and just tell te truth about TEVA. if your here reading this then you owe it to me and yourself to file a complaint with govt.

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DextroClassAction Says:

I have taken Dextroamphetamine Sulfate for over 16 years. Walgreens just upped price for 180 10mg tabs from $77/month to $422/month - without insurance I can't afford this.
This is for the inferior generic which is the only type available.

I will be contacting the FTC about this. Thank you for the link.

I wonder if this is the fraud that class action lawsuits are made of.

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Frank in VT Says:

Same experience at Walgreen's. I noticed the 'retail price' last month was at $376, but with their card, paid the same $50 for 120 10mg tablets, but this month the 'retail price' was $238, and $215 with the card.

That's some crazy pricing that just reeks of gouging. Fortunately, I can afford it, but on a generic that's been in common use for 75 years?

Already filed my FTC complaint, and so should everyone.

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Snowman Says:

Filing a complaint with the FTC as suggested here. Last year when I didn't have insurance my meds ( 15mg ER dextroamphetemine) were costing me 150/mo, then Jan 1st they went up to 250. Then I went to walmart (cheapest pharm in the area) and they are now 600/mo, no way in hell can i afford that, that's 7200/yr! It's outrageous and should be illegal to raise the price that much.

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augiesgirl Says:

I'm glad I'm not the only one that experienced this price increase! Glaxo Smith Kline had an assistance program for brand name Dexedrine Spansules, with a co-pay of $10.00 per month. They sold the drug to Core Pharma, who has Amedra Pharmaceuticals producing them.Amedra does not have an assistance program. So I had to switch to generic form, dextroamphetamine ER. 15mg, 60 capsules were $75, then $98, then $175, and now its $330! I will also have to switch - possibly Concerta, but the Dexedrine has always been fantastic - I even like the generic better than the brand. I called Amedra about pricing and was told "Amedra does not set the pricing you will pay at the pharmacy for our product. You will have to contact your pharmacy for the cost of this medication".The Walmart pharmacist told me that their corporate office sets the price. But all other pharmacies I've checked with had the same price increase. Very frustrating.

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Tealeaf Says:

I am in the same boat...Usually pay $20 with insurance for 150 10mg ir....when i got my script filled at walgreens it came to almost $100.

So after calling around and talking with my insurance they explained to me "that the contracted rate went up because walgreens wasn't making enough money on it"....

And i was like seriously WTF....they are not making enough money on my medication i need? what about when i don't make enough money to pay for the medication i need?

But honestly not sure what to believe here. Sucks

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Rod Says:

My doctor told me manufactures found away to limit generic manufacturing quantities so it drove prices up to be the same as name brand

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patknju Says:

Thanks for the link to ftccomplaintassistant.gov/FTC_Wizard.aspx?Lang=en -- I filed my complaint.

Suggestion for anyone who are unable to pay the ridiculous price: Talk to your doctor about switching to Vyvanse. Shire offers a patient assistance program for it and if you qualify, you can get the medication for free.

http:/­/­www.shire.com/­shireplc/­dlibrary/­documents/­ShireCaresApplication_June2012.pdf


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