Monday, July 25, 2005

Would You Pay $41.99?


There's a new medication coming out this summer. It's a one dose antibiotic. All's it is is azithromycin, which has been on the market for 14 years. But now you take your 10 day course in one dose. That's right. One dose. Just go the pharmacy, they add water, and hand you this drug to drink down at one shot. And it is being quoted at $41.99.

The name? Z-max. But my question is, who is going take one dose of this stuff for that price and not complain about it? It is a hard concept to get your mind around. A regular ten day course of medication could cost twice that depending on what you were given, but at least they hand you 20 or 30 pills for the price. One stinking swallow for over $40? I don't know about that.

What happens if you spill half of it?

I really don't think the public is going to go for this. I think you could get a whole bottle of scotch for that price. Or a big ol' fancy supper.

Z-max? Ask for it by name.

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