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DUEXIS: The Cost of Convenience

Did you know:

Back in 2011, Horizon Pharma introduced a new, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug with built-in stomach protection: DUEXIS.

DUEXIS is ibuprofin (generic Motrin) 800mg plus famotidine (generic Pepcid) 26.6mg in one convenient tablet. It’s meant to be dosed three times a day. The retail cost for a month’s worth of pills was $154 four years ago.

Today, it’s $2736 per month.

Separately, of course, both ibuprofen and famotidine are on the $4 plans. So, let’s do some quick math.

$4 + $4 = $154

So what’s the cost of convenience? $2728.

Paul S. Bradley, Scripta

ScripTips is a free service provided to physicians and other caregivers by Dr. Paul S. Bradley. Prescription savings drive patient compliance, and Scripta helps make sure your patients are getting “The Best Meds at the Best Price.”


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