AG Investigation Shows Discrepancies in Drug Pricing

By: Lori Dougovito Email
By: Lori Dougovito Email

A week long investigation statewide shows dramatic differences in prescription drug pricing. Attorney General investigators surveyed 200 pharmacies in 10 communities. Eleven commonly used prescription drugs were targeted.

Two examples: In Lansing the sleep aid Ambien cost $188.99. Eleven miles away, the same drug cost only $90. Statewide, the blood sugar lowering drug Avandia cost $300, but it was found priced as low as $171.20.

Attorney General Mike Cox wants the Department of Community Health to expand its drug pricing website so, at least, people can know where the best deals are. He says $1 million is set aside, for educational purposes, from a settlement with Omnicare, a long-term care pharmacy Medicaid patients overpaid.

Department of Community Health Spokesman T.J. Bucholz says, " If we had $1 million we would certainly not spend it on advertising this website. We would shore up the state's mental health facilities. We would shore up the state's safety net."

You can view the entire drug pricing survey at

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  • by Tom Jewett Location: Jackson on May 18, 2007 at 04:02 AM
    Why don't you post the complete report on the lowest cost prescription so the consumer without coverage has the opportunity to take advantage of your work.
  • by Marilyn Location: Stockbridge on May 17, 2007 at 09:02 PM
    Last year I was getting my drugs from CVS.I was in the donut hole mid Dec. This year I was getting the same ones from Wal-greens
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