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RED PILL, BLUE PILL, OLD PILL, NEW PILL: A $5 BILLION LOST OPPORTUNITY

President Obama just missed a perfect chance to save America’s prescription drug consumers a cool five billion dollars per year. In a recent speech on health care reform, the President said, “If there’s a blue pill and a red pill, and the blue pill is half the price of the red pill and works just as well, why not pay half price for the thing that’s going to make you well?”

If only he had changed the “blue” to “salmon pink,” the “red” to “purple,” and the “half the price” to “an eighth the price,” he would have thrown a bright light on one of the great economic absurdities of modern American medicine: people (and their insurers) paying $170 per month for the prescription acid-reflux drug Nexium when the nearly identical Prilosec OTC costs about $22/month—and without a doctor’s prescription. That’s right. There’s nothing in Nexium that isn’t in Prilosec OTC which itself used to be a major prescription medication before its patent ran out several years back. Every doctor I’ve asked says one works as well as the other for almost everyone. Taking Nexium? Ask your doctor. And save.

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