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Monthly Costs of Equally Drug Choices: NSAIDS, Antidepressants, ACE Inhibitors, 2005

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Screen shot of a bar chart comparing monthly costs for three different medication categories. The data shown is as follows:

Drug Type Monthly Cost
NSAIDS
Ibuprofen $9
Celebrex $168
Antidepressants
Fluoxetine $16
Zoloft $77
Proton Pump Inhibitors
Prilosec OTC $24
Nexium $171

Notes

Monthly drug costs in 3 categories: NSAIDs, antidepressants and PPIs.
Comparing the cost of brand drugs such as Celebrex, Zoloft, Nexium with best buy drugs, ibuprofen, fluoxetine and Prilosec OTC
Potential savings, without sacrificing safety or effectiveness are large
Stakes are high: Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy recently estimated that as anation, consumers and third party payers have overspent $4.45 billion over the past 3 years on NSAIDs, when there were therapeutically equivalent, lower-cost therapies available.


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