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[IP] Re: Syringes and Cipro and Dr. Reddy's magic pills



On Tue, 18 Jan 2005 10:42:58 -0800,"LPJ" <email @ redacted>  wrote:

>>My whole premise though is that I despise companies such as Rite Aide and
>>others like them substituting inferior generic products and charging as
>>though it were the patent original and charging $41 for 100 syringes when
>>they can be purchased anywhere for around $21,  What do people do who don't
>>know the difference between generic and patent?

First, as I said, Rite Aid is a pharmacy.  Not a discount pharmacy.  They don't
claim to be the cheapest in town.  They only claim to be a pharmacy.  Their
pricing is their business, just as pricing is for any retail commodity, except
for those cases when they're dealing with insurance companies, who may have
negotiated prices for certain items beforehand, which they either have to
accept, or not deal with that companies subscribers.  When you buy bluejeans at
a nice fashion store, for twice what the same or similar jeans might cost at
K-Mart, do you get excited and wonder how these places justify their existance?
You can, but face it, that's the free market system most of the world works
with, and Rite Aid is no different.  They're selling a product.  There is no
reason they need to sell it for less of a profit than their accountants have
determined the chain wishes to make, unless some regulation or business deal
 (such as insurance) changes the rules in some way. This is not worthy of anger.
It is simply the price you pay for the convenience you have of having the Rite
 Aid store close by, and open perhaps extended hours. As with any retail product
you wish to buy, it is your responsibility, not the stores, to research the
product and find where you can get the best price.  While it would be nice for
 all stores to sell for as little as possible, they have no actual
responsibility
 to do so. You can help influence them to change their pricing by joining others
who buy elsewhere.  

Second, you assume that generic products are inferior.  While some may be, the
automatic assumption is not valid.  Generic merely means the product is not
being marketed as the original name brand.  In some cases, the product may be
produced by the same maker as the name brand, or in others, by another facility
producing the same formula.  As I said, while some Generic product may be
 inferior, it should not be assumed so, and for that matter, any given lot of
the
 name brand product might also be inferior. I think we can recall discussions of
certain bg meters and random lots of strips, for example, that might illustrate
this point.

In this case, after all the discussion of Dr. Reddy's Cipro, I bothered to look
in my medicine cabinet for the bottle of Cipro (generic) that I obtained from
Rite Aid last summer prior to a vacation in egypt.  Guess what.  The label also
says Dr. Reddy's.  And I can attest that at least my lot of the drug was
wonderfully effective when needed for the situation it was prescribed for.

Also, why do you assume that Rite Aid is charging the price for the brand name
while supplying the generic?  I doubt that is true.  That would be fraud, after
all, and though they no doubt would like to maximize their profits, out and out
fraud is usually beyond what most retailers will go to.   While most generics
are substantially cheaper than brand names, they are by no means free, and in
response to generics for a drug, once it becomes available as generic, some of
 the manufacturers of the original brand name, in order to maintain market
share,
perhaps might drop the prices on the brand name to only a little above the
generic...

Third, if people don't know the difference between Generic and Brand name,
 that's their own fault. It's rather well publicized. We're all told to ask our
doctors, when writing prescriptions, whether a generic can be substituted, and
any pharmacist filling a scrip will gladly explain any given drug, or the
options available, whether a generic is available or not, what the differences
 may be, etc. While pharmacists and pharmacies will do their best to give us the
info we may need, or they think we may need (consider the whole sheaf of
automatically generated pamphlets I get every time I refill one of my scripts.
I've read them many times.  You'd think by now they might want to save on the
extra paper.  But they don't.  If I had any questions, they'd answer them
gladly.

But it's my responsibility to ask the questions, even if the question is as
simple as asking the pharmacist if there is anything else I should know about a
drug. 

Peter
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