I’m impressed with the high value of some of the generic medications out there. Frequently, I prescribe an oral antifungal pill that used to cost over $1,000 for a three-month supply. Now it is only $10. My cholesterol-lowering drug, simvastatin, costs me less than $2 for a three-month supply, though perhaps that’s because of insurance coverage.
Colleagues have reported to me that drugs are less expensive through an online Canadian pharmacy. Another colleague scoffed at that, saying that it’s far less expensive than that to get medications directly from the manufacturers in India.
I won’t underestimate the value of new drugs. Some are miraculous. But many of the old drugs (yesterday’s miracles) still offer a lot of benefit and can be purchased at a very reasonable price. Thank goodness!