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American Made, Cheaper Abroad: Pulmicort

A weekly series identifying prescription drugs manufactured in America and their prices.

Pulmicort (budesonide) respules are used to treat asthma in children ages 12 months to 8 years. Pulmicort is manufactured in the U.S. by AstraZeneca. Both the brand name and generic versions (only available for some strengths) are expensive in the U.S. The brand version costs $698 for 60 .25mg/2ml respules, and the generic isn’t much cheaper at $530. Believe it or not, brand-name Pulmicort is only $117 when ordered from a verified international online pharmacy: that’s 83% less than the same medication sold here!  Parents of kids with asthma can breathe much more easily at these prices.

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