Skip to comments.Obamacare: My Crestor went from $30 to $180.
Posted on 01/12/2014 5:45:41 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
A couple years ago doc put us on Crestor for cholesterol...the prescription price via insurance was $30 for a month's supply.
Just got my first refill for the new year. $180. Thanks, Obamugabe.
Evidently you are not one of Eric Holder's people.
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Not trying to let Obama off the hook, but do you have a deductible on your insurance? You usually pay full price until it’s covered.
Did y6ou get a new type of policy. Did you go to an HSA account.
Just wondering. When we went to an HSA we went from a co-payment to paying full price the insurance would pay through the HSA until we reached our deductible then everything was 100% covered.
If you have private insurance you can get crestor at the discount price of $18 per month.
Went to get my Simvastatin refilled yesterday. $2 ent to $40. Can’t wait to refill my Benicar.
That’s what I take. I pay about $8 for a month’s supply, but I haven’t bought any yet this year.
Wonderful, I use it also. Something to look forward to. Picked up my first refill of anything for the new year yesterday. Last month it was $1.52, this month it was $24.28. Live on a fixed income so it may be a choice between food and medicine for me pretty soon.
If you like your cheap prescriptions you can keep your cheap prescriptions.
Luckily, it's affordable.
“Not trying to let Obama off the hook, but do you have a deductible on your insurance? You usually pay full price until its covered.”
There did not used to be a deductible for medications — maybe there is one now.
Screw Crestor and all statins. The body needs cholesterol for hormone production. Just walk briskly 30 minutes a day. Doctors and Big Pharma sell crap. So does Obama.
Omega 3 and Niacin are a hell of a lot cheaper than that.
Would never touch the stuff!
Red yeast rice is my choice.
The price of Crestor went up? or is it just inflated by Obamacare so they can subsidize others?
Just take two asprin.
Second the Niacin. Good stuff and cheap!!!
Don’t want obama off the hook, but that stuff is not worth it. We need cholesterol, and the healthy cholesterol level conveniently drops every time there’s new drugs. Change your lifestyle instead. Add a clove of raw garlic per day as well.
That’s what I was going to say.....a good quality fish oil (1500/day) and Niacin (NOT the no flush kind)...
It tears up your muscles. I used to have to help my Brother climb the three steps to get into his house.
He died a little over a year ago.
When contemplating what it can do to your muscles, remember that your heart is a muscle, so it is being torn up also.
My wife's doxacyclene was $10.00 for a month supply a little over a year ago, now it is $150.00 for a month supply. That is what it costs, no matter who is paying.
Red Yeast rice has its own problems.
My dr is ticked off at me because I won’t take statins.
My doc kept insisting I take a Statin. Instead I upped the Fish Oil I was already taking and added Niacin. Doc says he doesn’t understand how but the numbers are amazingly good. It is more expensive for me to do it this way but statins scare me.
My Doctor also.
I am 74 and from what I can read, statins do not help anyone over 65.
I can not find any “study” that finds anyone has had their life extended by a statin drug.
I have seen a lot of people who have the side effect of weakened muscles.
My son had a similar experience with a drug that went to $170 per month. I found one solution for that particular drug through a website, which generated a coupon, lowering the cost to <$30 for a 3 months supply. Google Goodrx. I don't want to seem like I'm plugging it, but it worked for us.
My generic simvastatin is still $4 at Walmart. Very difficult to prove that Crestor is more effective at reducing heart attack/stroke (hint: not the same thing as lowered LDL).
Crestor is one of the statin drugs designed to lower cholesterol. Cholesterol is not a disease. It was created as a disease when the drug companies found out that it was easy to test for cholesterol in the doctor’s office.
Lets take a look at the scientific facts surrounding this issue:
High cholesterol as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease is a disproven theory. Many medical experts have refuted this hypothesis for years. Studies using cholesterol medications to lower the risk for heart disease are funded and sponsored by pharmaceutical companies. Both the editors of the New England Journal of Medicine & Journal of the American Medical Association have admitted that published papers in the two journals are often times fraught with conflicts of interest and that many studies that yield non beneficial drug effects go unreported. Many studies overstate the benefit of medication use by manipulating statistics and reporting relative risk reduction instead of actual risk reduction. For example, a recent study reported a 53% relative reduction in heart disease using Crestor, but the actual risk reduction was only 0.9%.
Multiple studies have shown that people with higher cholesterol live longer. High cholesterol has not been shown to be a risk factor for heart disease in women, diabetics, coronary heart disease patients, or the elderly As a matter of fact, several studies have shown that higher cholesterol levels in the elderly population is associated with greater longevity and a reduced risk of dying from cancer and infection.
Add the following facts to the above information: Low cholesterol has been linked to an increased risk of stroke, depression, aggressive and violent behavior, and suppression of immunity.
How can something responsible for so many critical functions be so bad?
1. Cholesterol is a precursor to all sex steroids (progesterone, testosterone, estrogen)
2. Cholesterol allows your body to make vitamin D (deficiency of vitamin D causes heart disease)
Studies show that higher cholesterol could slash your stroke risk by nearly 300%!
William Campbell Douglass, M.D.
Keeping cholesterol levels HIGHER can...
Revive your sex drive...
Lower your likelihood of cancer...
Improve your brain function...
And make you far less likely to die!
That’s because of one simple truth: Cholesterol is not your enemy!
1. HIGHER cholesterol makes you far less likely to die...
FACT: Lowering cholesterol can make heart disease worse. A review of medical studies on cholesterol and mortality in heart patients found that lower cholesterol levels led to deathnot survival, like the drug companies want you to think.
FACT: Low cholesterol can trigger the deadliest kind of stroke. It’s called a massive stroke and it happens when blood vessels in your brain are so weak, they burst open. Any cholesterol count below 200 is a red flag for this kind of stroke.
FACT: Low cholesterol may raise your cancer risk. Yes, a new study actually links low LDL levels with an increased risk of developing cancer. And it’s not the first one. In fact, more than 20 studies have been done on cholesterol and cancer. And the overall majority linked cancer with low cholesterol!
How could all this be so? For the same reason that your body makes its own cholesterol. It’s a vital nutrient! Cholesterol is a necessary building block for your immune system and especially your brain cells. In fact...
2. HIGHER cholesterol may improve your memory, stave off depression and even protect you from Alzheimer’s...
Believe it or not, healthy brain cells are chock full of cholesterol. Yup, 25% of your body’s cholesterol is in your brain. It fuels the electrical impulses that make thinking possible. Plus, studies show...
FACT: Low cholesterol impairs brain function. It’s been linked to depression. And cholesterol-lowering drugs have been shown to trigger memory loss. (Drug companies want us to forget this — and we may if we keep taking statin drugs!)
FACT: Low cholesterol is linked to Alzheimer’s. The eminent researcher Iwo J. Bohr recently published a peer-reviewed paper on the subject. He points out that Alzheimer’s patients typically have lower cholesterol and suggests that a great way to prevent the disease may be to eat a high cholesterol diet.
FACT: Low cholesterol is even linked to suicide and it’s not just because folks are fed up with celery and tofu! The real reason is probably that low cholesterol literally makes you crazy!
And now for some upbeat news...
3. HIGHER cholesterol could super-charge anyone’s sex life...
Why? Because cholesterol is the “raw material” for your sex hormones. Without it, you can’t manufacture testosterone, women can’t make estrogenand none of us would have any more sex drive than an earthworm!
Now aren’t you ecstatic that your cholesterol is over 200?
If it isn’t, think of all the fun you’ll have getting it back up to healthy levels!
I have been printing coupons from Goodrx for several months and it does work. Save >$100/month on one of my medications. The whole thing seems to be too good to be true but no problems with it so far. In fact, my clinic has started to recommend to other patients that they use the service.
I used to take Crestor but my joints seemed to inflame and hurt plus I would get muscle twitching. Scrooge that...I use fish oil, baby aspirin, niacin and exercise although I still take generic BP meds. Have not bought yet this year and was $8.oo month on my HAS plan.
Go to GoodRX and find the coupon for about $33 (60 X 100mg).
and red rice yeast. i can't do statins and my hdl/ldl has been great the past 6 years with OTC stuff.
Statins SHOULD scare you....pharma loves them, though, and it seems most docs do too...I had what was supposedly a “small, dense, non-buyant, LDL problem” which I was told was hereditary....with Niacin and Fish Oil...guess what....seems I got rid of it, and now have ratios (that’s what matters) to “die” for...as my doctor said!
You were having problems because statins destroy CoQ10...which EVERY statin user MUST take
Part of the endemic problem of healthcare in the US is subsidized pharmaceuticals, which are just transfer payments to big pharma designed to maximize the number of people on unnecessary prescriptions. If Obamacare "sticker shock" causes people to question why they are taking these drugs perhaps there will be some (inadvertent) health benefits after all.
During WW2, The Socialist FDR Administration instituted wage and price controls on American Companies.
Companies could not raise wages, but they could increase benefits to attract workers that they wanted.
Hence, Companies started offering Medical Insurance to keep present employees, and to attract new employees.
Now our Socialized Society considers it a right for an employee, and their dependents to have part or all of their medical insurance paid for by the company that they work for.
So much for the millstone burden of a bad WW2 edict from FDR.
One great thing that could come out of the total collapse of CommieObamaCare is that ONLY the citizen is responsible for any insurance product that they choose to buy.
Thus, allowing Companies to lower the price of their goods and services to the customers by the amount that they had been paying for insurance for their employees, and their dependents.
In similar manner, the Socialist Labor Union Movement in the late 1800s, and the Socialized FDR Wage Controls of WW2 have produced the relics of Minimum Wage Control and Governmental Labor rules that shackle the productivity of our Society.
Ronald Reagan was fond of saying Businesses do not pay taxes, because consumers pay all the taxes.
A business forced by an oppressive Government to pay a higher minimum wage to their workers will simply pass that additional expense on to the consumer in the form of higher prices.
None of the above will make any sense to the true believers in the Obama Plantation, headquartered at 1600 Plantation Avenue, Washington, District of Corruption.
BTW, is there any truth to the rumor that the Potomac River will soon have its name changed to De Nile River?
“If you like your cheap prescriptions you can keep your cheap prescriptions.”
Well, you CAN, but you will have to pay more for it.
Go to the internet. Get a Simvastatin coupon. We didn’t use insurance and got 90 days simvastatin supply for under $20.00 total RETAIL cash price at Walmart, where they accepted the coupon. We were skeptical about internet coupons, but were pleasantly surprised. Have done this twice.
Some antibiotics are free - some drugs $4 - much info on the thread below
How to get generic drugs even cheaper Rx prices can vary by $170 among retailers
Unfortunately, they’ll be a billion more stories like this during the next year.
But more importantly for you, if you HAVE to take a statin, switch to one of the generics: they all do the same thing.
But even better, strongly consider the pros and cons of stains. First of all, there is no link between cholesterol levels and CAD. That has now been disproved by numerous studies, though triglycerides are indeed associated with heart diseas.
Second, doctors don’t know why statins seem to work, though they DO know it’s not because they lower cholesterol. There’s a number of other drugs that will reduce cholesterol just fine but do not reduce mortality, CAD, or heart disease. So it’s not the cholesterol-reduction function of statins that are beneficial. My cardiologist admitted all of the above. He says he thinks it may be that statins somehow stabilize existing plaques, helping to keep them from rupturing. Others believe statins might be anti-inflammatory, in which case aspirin might work as well.
Finally, statins are known to inhibit the production of CO-Q10, a compound that is used by the heart more than any other muscle.
If its an HSA you need to manage your money wisely. It’s not your typical insurance policy. I save a lot with my HSA but I have to pool some cash for the beginning of the year.
Chiming in... download from Amazon: The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart Disease-and the Statin-Free Plan That Will by Stephen Sinatra... less than $10.
Doctors see you nothing more than an Rx for the pharmacy. As a previous poster mentioned, statins do more harm than good. No WOMAN should be taking a statin at all. A change in the way of eating will help you tremendously. After this book, pick up Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis and then Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter.
I’ve eliminated sugar and grains and lost 45 pounds since April. I’m no longer taking the two Rx’s for Type 2 diabetes and no longer on high blood pressure meds. I DO have an under active thyroid.
Just my 2 cents... grains (wheat, corn, rice, oats, barley, etc.) are rotting us from the inside out.
I read that the baby aspirin can damage the pancreas. Don’t know if it is true though
To all of the voters who voted for Obama who are feeling the pain of Obamacare, I have no sympathy for you.
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