How much more does the U.S. pay for drugs? Up to 10 times more, report says

http://www.fiercepharma.com/story/how-much-more-does-us-pay-drugs-10-times-more-report-says/2015-09-28

But more commonly used meds also showed dramatic pricing disparities, including Eli Lilly’s depression fighter Cymbalta and AstraZeneca’s acid reflux pill Nexium. Cymbalta costs $194 in the U.S., compared with $46 in England and $110 in Canada. Nexium runs at about $215 in the U.S., compared with $60 in Switzerland and just $23 in the Netherlands, according to the IFHP report. Both drugs now face generic competition, so less costly options are available in the U.S.

One thought on “How much more does the U.S. pay for drugs? Up to 10 times more, report says

  1. As an expat, I’ll bear witness to this first hand. All medical costs are lower in the EU. Last time I saw a doctor in the US, just walking into the building cost me $80. Seeing a doctor here in NL costs €25 IF you don’t have medical insurance, which covers it ALL. That’s right; my simple package medical care, which costs around €110-120 per month, means I NEVER whip out my wallet at the doctor’s OR the chemist. All inclusive.

    Even here, I’ve read and heard stories about how terrible the health care system is. How people have to book with doctors in the states or elsewhere and fly to get the treatment they want. Disregard any story like that you hear. It does happen, but it’s only the 1% who are telling the tales.

    Yes, socialistic medicine means sometimes you have to wait a bit. It also means they’ll treat you no matter what. I cannot convey to you the security I feel to live in a place where hospitals won’t let me die on the curb outside because I don’t have expensive health insurance!

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