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Big Pharma Drug Price Gouging of American Consumers Continues

A new report from Reuters suggests that pricing pressures resulting from Obamacare may close U.S. and international prescription drug price disparities – with U.S. prices more than double those of other high-income countries – within three to five years. As good as that could be, it’s a long way away for Americans who currently struggle with drug prices. With tens of millions going without meds due to cost, the problem is more urgent than ever.

U.S. brand-name drug prices continue their vigorous rise, in stark contrast to international price declines. Brand-name U.S. drug prices rose 11% in 2011, almost triple the 3% inflation rate. Meanwhile, prices in Canada stayed the same, and actually dropped in France and Switzerland by 3 and 4 percent, respectively.

Reuters politely explains this gap:

“Companies like Pfizer Inc. and AstraZeneca have grown dependent on higher U.S. prices to generate profits as generic rivals to their best-selling medicines enter the world market, Europe’s government-run health plans clamp down on spending and sales growth in emerging markets stutters.”

Perhaps these price increases explain the 50 million Americans between the ages 19-64 and the 20% of Medicare enrollees who do not fill a prescription due to cost each year.

Look at the price of Januvia, a drug mentioned in the Reuters article. Its wholesale price is 75% higher in the U.S. than in Austria. Our own research shows the price gap at the retail level. The price at a local pharmacy for 90 pills is $978. It costs only $375 online from a verified Canadian pharmacy. That’s 62% cheaper.

Hopefully, the Affordable Care Act will lead to reduced drug prices domestically, but that will take some time. Until then international online pharmacies will remain a lifeline for Americans.

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How to Save On Januvia

Januvia is a top selling brand name medication used to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes. It should not be used for the treatment of type 1 diabetes, or diabetic ketoacidosis, as Januvia would have no effect for these conditions.1

With over two billion dollars spent on Januvia last year and an estimated 20 million Americans with type 2 diabetes, Americans want and need lower prices. Annual cost for Januvia (50 mg) at my local pharmacy in New York City is $3,070.88. And that’s after asking the pharmacist for a discount coupon: without their discount it would cost $4,788! Seventeen-hundred dollars sure is a lot to save, but you can do better much better by shopping from a verified international online pharmacy. In fact, you can save $2,473 a year! Check out the price chart:

Annual Cost of Januvia 50 mg

Price Per Year Savings over B&M Pharmacy Percent Savings
Local Pharmacy: $3,070.88
Discount Card Option: $3,040.45 $30.43 1%
Coupon Option $2,911.32 $159.56 5%
U.S. Online Pharmacy: $2,703.00 $367.88 12%
International Online Pharmacy $597.60 $2,473.28 81%

Local pharmacy in New York City, International Online Pharmacy price as found on Prices collected 9/12/2012

If you need Januvia immediately, the best savings are found by using a coupon at the pharmacy. Once you have your temporary supply, you can then use an international online pharmacy. If you do, make sure the online pharmacy is approved by

Here are some useful pages that compare prices for various strengths. As always, happy savings!

Januvia 25 mg prices
Januvia 50 mg prices
Januvia 100 mg savings

1FDA Januvia Medication Guide, Accessed 9/20/2012

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