Paging 'American Healthcare Reform,' paging 'American Healthcare Reform'... you're needed in the OTC Pharmacy - STAT!" - h967
He wanted some OTC ranitidine. I told him, "Get omeprazole!" But he didn't, saying he wanted more rapid relief.
So... guess what!?!
It just so happened, that at the checkout stand in front of us was a Big Pharma sales rep. She said, "Use this!," and pulled out a Zegerid® bottle from her purse, and showed it to us. I asked to see it, read the label and exclaimed, "It's omeprazole and bicarb!"
"Yes," she replied. "But it's not enteric coated, and your doctor has to prescribe it."
I knew what that meant. Big Pharma's gonna f*%# you for all you're worth.
"How much does this cost?," I asked.
She said, "Your insurance company will pay for it."
I repeated, "How much does it cost?"
"It depends," she hesitated.
"If I go out and pay cash money for that stuff, how much will I pay?," I insisted irritatedly.
"About $190," she said.
"See? That's one reason why we're being so screwed over in this nation by Big Pharma!"
As we walked out to the car, I told Wade, "Get a mortar and pestle, go buy your OTC omeprazole ($15.98/28-20mg), open it up, throw some bicarb to it (<$1.00), and voila! You have the same exact thing they're charging four arms, three legs and your first born for."
And some folks believe we don't need healthcare reform.