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Annoying Azithromycin Z Packs – what to do? UPDATE.

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

 

Annoying Azithromycin Z Packs – what to do?  UPDATE. 

My husband called Express Script this morning, Monday.  They had no answers other than government sets reimbursement prices.

To clarify, Costco filled the prescription using the bulk form and easy opening bottle & cap.  They absorbed the extra cost for my 60-pill prescription.  THAT is not right!

Complaining that I had trouble opening the Z-Pack, my husband began “… let me show you how …” so I suggested he not bother to show me, to simply ‘open them for me, please’ and handed him all the Z-Packs to open.  It took him almost 30 minutes to open all the pills…and made an advocate out of him.

Additionally, Costco Pharmacy said to call ahead with my next prescription and they will open them from the Z-Pack into the patient friendly bottle & cap.

I hope that someone will weigh in on this.  The Costco bulk price is $91.00/42 pills.  The Azithromycin Z-Pack is much, much higher.

It is not clear to me why Azithromycin cost Costco (other pharmacies too?) more in the cheaper bulk form than the more expensive to manufacture, six pill, Z-.Pack.

Manufacturers – patients should get their medications in a form easily opened. Please.

http://www2.costco.com/Pharmacy/DrugInfo.aspx?p=1&SearchTerm=a&Drug=AZITHROMYCIN

Excuse me ….  I need Obamacare and housing for twelve….

Thanks for reading… Sharon O’Hara <familien1@comcast.net>


Annoying Azithromyicin Z Pacs – what to do?

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Why does a 6-day supply of Azithromyicin tablets individually encased inside a tough to open Z Pac cost the pharmacy less money than getting the medication in bulk and dispensing it 30 or 60 tabs to a container?

Above – so called cheap packaging…

Instead, Costco pharmacy has to pay more for less packaging.  The Z pacs hold only six tablets in each bulky booklet form and I have to battle to get each one out.  I was only able to punch one tab out of the Z Pac – before getting the scissors out and cutting my way around each tab…Not an easy task …my fingers are not working right.

I wonder why a package so difficult to open, obviously costing more to manufacture than plain tablets, costs the pharmacy less than getting it in bulk form.

The patient pays the penalty.

Above – so called expensive packaging….

Has Obamacare arrived in Kitsap County?

Does anyone know what is going on and how I can get the Azithromyicin in bulk form?

Express Scripts did not.

Thanks for reading… Sharon O’Hara <familien1@comcast.net>

 

 

 

 

 


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