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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.

 

Yeah... right.

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Taken on October 3, 2009