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Dr. wrote me a prescription for foot wound -- check out this price. (Original Post) Grasswire2 May 2023 OP
It is an antibiotic used against resistant bacteria. If insurance is charging you that much, or you JohnSJ May 2023 #1
Rightl But with universal health care it would be $1.45. dchill May 2023 #3
as it is with Medicare Grasswire2 May 2023 #5
Not necessarily with a Medicare part D plan. JohnSJ May 2023 #9
This is why people without insurance die. Laffy Kat May 2023 #2
Maybe not related, but...... MyOwnPeace May 2023 #4
if it can be sold for $1.45 (as it is with medicare)... Grasswire2 May 2023 #6
But...but...R & D rubbersole May 2023 #7
I did think for a moment about the cost of developing the med. Grasswire2 May 2023 #8
Which ought to be against the law. flying_wahini Jun 2023 #12
We you on another antibiotic that failed to clear it up? Warpy May 2023 #10
No. Grasswire2 May 2023 #11

JohnSJ

(92,060 posts)
1. It is an antibiotic used against resistant bacteria. If insurance is charging you that much, or you
Thu May 25, 2023, 10:21 PM
May 2023

don’t have insurance, you can get it utilizing goodrx anywhere from 40 to 800 dollars for 20 pills depending which pharmacy you go to

https://www.goodrx.com/linezolid

MyOwnPeace

(16,917 posts)
4. Maybe not related, but......
Thu May 25, 2023, 10:47 PM
May 2023

I went to the DR. for an aching shoulder the other day and he said we could go 'serious' (MRI) or try a 'shot.'
I was willing to try the 'conservative' route (strike me down for THAT comment!) and he gave me a shot in the shoulder.

Got the 'bill' today (insurance paid it, but STILL!!!) - that bill was $140 for the meds - AND $140 for HIM sticking the needle in me t 'deliver' the meds.

SERIOUSLY?

$140 MORE for sticking the needle in me?

We have a larger problem than Hunter Biden's laptop here.........

Grasswire2

(13,565 posts)
6. if it can be sold for $1.45 (as it is with medicare)...
Fri May 26, 2023, 12:01 AM
May 2023

...then think about how little the production of these ten pills cost the manufacturer.

Pennies.

And yet they want thousands of dollars for the frickin ten pills.

Grasswire2

(13,565 posts)
8. I did think for a moment about the cost of developing the med.
Fri May 26, 2023, 12:34 AM
May 2023

But isn't that why BILLIONS of our tax dollars flow to Big Pharma?

Warpy

(111,122 posts)
10. We you on another antibiotic that failed to clear it up?
Fri May 26, 2023, 03:11 PM
May 2023

Linezolid is one of the last ditch antibiotics that can tackle resistant bacteria like MRSA. They usually don't prescribe it because of the high cost, which is artificially high to keep it from being over prescribed. Most of the time, either a standard broad spectrum antibiotic has failed or a culture and sensitivity test (takes about 3-4 days) has turned up a resistant bug.

While your doc might have acted with an overabundance of caution, foot wounds being notoriously hard to treat in diabetics and people with lousy circulation, the drug is usually prescribed only for resistant bacteria.

Just be glad you dodged a financial bomb.

Grasswire2

(13,565 posts)
11. No.
Fri May 26, 2023, 08:30 PM
May 2023

Last edited Fri May 26, 2023, 09:13 PM - Edit history (1)

Never had this previously -- the bug or the med.

My podiatrist likes to go top of the line, I have noticed, looking for novel or expensive remedies.

This med is for cornyebacterium.

And for the other bug (more common), Cipro is the rx and I'm not too happy about the potential side effects of that, either.

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