Microgynon is a monophasic oral contraceptive pill which contains levonorgestrel 100mcg together with a varying amount of ethinylestradiol: 50mcg in the original formulation, down to 20mcg in the newest formulations. It's not as though it costs them more to make a product with less EE. Why, then, is the pricing
|Microgynon 50|| 35.97|
|Microgynon 35|| 68.97|
|Microgynon 20|| 123.99|
These figures are for a year's supply. These pharmacies are making a profit on these prescriptions; there is no loss leader effect like with Walmart. There is no government subsidy on these medications.
There are two lessons here:
- Walmart is lying when it says that the reason for $9 OCPs vs $4 other pills is because it needs to be profitable. Logynon-ED (generic of Triphasil) is 34.99 for 12 months supply. Why aren't they offering 3-month supply of Sprintec/Tri-Sprintec?
- Big Pharma is really out to rip us off for all we are worth. Reducing the amount of active ingredient and charging 4x as much? Priceless.
h/t to tbtam for encouraging OCP affordability for all women. If I could arrange to send pills overseas to needy women, I would.