Friday, August 4, 2017

Another Pharmaceutical Obscenity

We recently had to fill a ten dose prescription in preparation for a relatively minor medical procedure. The prescription was filled at a local Walgreens. We were billed $10 per dose for a reasonable $100 total. On the bright side, we have insurance. If we did not have insurance these ten doses would have cost us $1260 or $126 per dose.

What constitutes the obscenity is that we can get the exact same medication from a Canadian pharmacy for $253.40 or $25.34 per dose. We actually came out ahead by using our insurance, $100 instead of $253.40. But what of those in this once great country who have no insurance? Does anyone care? It certainly isn't Big Pharm. With them it's about money and profit. And our Republican controlled Congress? It's the same thing, money; and to quote a line from the movie History of the World, Part I, "Fuck the poor!"

Of course Big Pharm is doing their best to make it illegal to buy prescription drugs from Canada and even Mexico because folks in need who are seeking lower cost options are cutting into Big Pharm's profits and the monies they use to buy politicians. I think our only hope is a big Democratic turnout in 2018. We need to terminate, with extreme prejudice, this Republican controlled Congress with our votes.

Understand this: I am not advocating a single party system. A wholly Democratic administration would probably be almost as bad as what we have now. There just needs to be a balance in this country with politicians who understand for whom they work.


  1. I'm a northeastern transplant living in Dunedin, and came across your blog. May I just say how refreshing it is to read your simultaneously deep and witty thoughts about the government and life at large? I'm surrounded by conservatives each day, so finding someone with the same liberal ideas I hold dear and near to my heart is refreshing! Given last night's first Alabama-elected Dem senator in 25 years, I'm feeling unusually close to my fellow bleeding hearts. :) Thank you!

    1. Wow, your comment made my day. I agree it is refreshing to know that I am not the only bleeding heart liberal in this part of the world.

      Today I am very grateful for our African-American brothers and sisters in Alabama who stood up against the Republican tyranny that threatens the very existence of our once great country. Hopefully they and our disenfranchised fellow Americans from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin islands will continue the fight in 2018.

      Thanks again for your comment.

  2. Yes! The disenfranchised proved this week that enough is enough. Racism, misogyny, homophobia, xenophobia, and bigotry are NOT acceptable! When I came up for air after the 2016 election trauma, I decided to look into leaving the country. But I suppose hope springs eternal, because I am convinced good will prevail in this great nation. Here's to a blue wave in 2018, bleeding hearts, and good food! :) Kate