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Old 06-15-13, 08:25 PM
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The price of my generic Ritalin went from $32 to $141 in one month

Have you ever heard such a thing?

I was buying at Cosco, but I was wondering where you go. I live in the south of the US
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Old 06-16-13, 08:42 AM
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Re: The price of my generic Ritalin went from $32 to $141 in one month

(Note: I posted this in the Methylin thread, but it should have been here since the name "Methylin" is no longer used by the manufacturer)

The price is up because of the shortage of methylphenidate.

I'm in Florida and I haven't been able to get my methylphenidate prescriptions filled in 4 months. I take both the immediate release and the extended release, both 20mg. One month the doctor gave me a prescription for the 10 mg IR (for twice the number of the 20mg), because it was more available and I was able to fill it one time at a family pharmacy for $175 for #120. The next month he gave me a prescription for Adderall, which doesn't work as well for me, but I had no problem filling it (sometimes its Adderall that is in short supply). The price goes way up during and right after a shortage. Since the shortage is supposed to be ending now, I checked Costco recently and they did have the 10mg immediate release for $150 (its usually $20 there).

It seems like these meds just aren't taken seriously--like its just for kids or teenagers that need it to study, so no big deal. But I totaled my car a few years back when I had run out of medication and almost killed myself and my son. Now, I don't drive without it. And there are a lot of adults and especially teenagers like me, and its a serious safety issue for us and the public. I hope the driving issue become more recognized and emphasized because it brings perspective to the issue for the non-ADD people out there who just don't get how serious these shortages are for us.

The reasons given -- shortage of raw supplies is one --are pure bs. This is a solvable problem, and a shortage of 4 months is ridiculous. I read that the FDA said that there is no shortage because there is enough product in pharmacies, it just may not be in the correct formulation or dosage for the prescription that is presented. Huh? That's just stupid bureaucracy of the worse kind.
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Re: The price of my generic Ritalin went from $32 to $141 in one month

There is no bureaucracy problem. The pharmas are just squeezing people. Intentionally.
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Re: The price of my generic Ritalin went from $32 to $141 in one month

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Have you ever heard such a thing?

I was buying at Cosco, but I was wondering where you go. I live in the south of the US
I live in New York City, and last month, I paid $24 for my methylphenidate; this month, the price went up to $150.00. I don't have insurance, so I can no longer afford methylphenidate which I need to stay alive. Without it, I can't function and I experience great depression. I am already very poor and have high levels of depression and cognitive impairments.

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Re: The price of my generic Ritalin went from $32 to $141 in one month

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There is no bureaucracy problem. The pharmas are just squeezing people. Intentionally.
The private mom and pop pharmacy I go to told me that the pharmaceutical company that makes methylphenidate is the one who quadrupled the price, so he has no choice but to increase my cost by 400 percent.

But that being said, the high cost of prescription substances is indeed the result of bureaucracy: if medications were sold using a free-market system such as vitamins and supplements are sold, they would be as cheap as a bottle of vitamin D. So, regardless of whether we want to argue that it is good or bad for the Federal government to control the purchase and usage of medications, the point is that this control is indeed why medications are very expensive.
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Re: The price of my generic Ritalin went from $32 to $141 in one month

same problem- generic ritalin has gone from around 15.00 to 120.00- walmart atlanta area
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Re: The price of my generic Ritalin went from $32 to $141 in one month

Dang!!! Mine went up from $28 to $97. Walmart said they couldnt
get enough in so went to a locally owned pharmacy. Same price increase there too. Wow, makes it hard for the average person.
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Re: The price of my generic Ritalin went from $32 to $141 in one month

Walmart still has it for $4 for 60, 10mg generic

http://medicationfinder.walmart.com/...almart/wpp.jsp

so even taking 60mg/day=$12 a month, of course you need to be smart enough to check since it only applies to 10mg tablets I make my doc write the scripts the way I want depending on how its cheaper hope that helps.
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Re: The price of my generic Ritalin went from $32 to $141 in one month

shoot, kroger and target shot up to $224 for 180 10mg about 3 months ago. now walmart and sams followed at $105 and $109 as of today. wonder if we can make them honor price on website which is still $4
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Re: The price of my generic Ritalin went from $32 to $141 in one month

costco $117 now
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Re: The price of my generic Ritalin went from $32 to $141 in one month

switch to 20 mg 3x a day is $99 at sams
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Re: The price of my generic Ritalin went from $32 to $141 in one month

I dropped off my prescription before work today, planning to pick it up tomorrow. Walmart sends me texts when they're ready and with the price. I just checked the text walmart sent me earlier saying my prescription is going to cost $55 instead of $13, for 90 10mg tablets. I don't know if they used the brand name accidentally or what. By the looks of it, everyone's went up in price.

I really hope I can get this straightened out because I can't afford $55, and I've been braindead at work the passed few days...
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Re: The price of my generic Ritalin went from $32 to $141 in one month

I just picked my script for 60 , 20mgs for $28. (from CVS) all the other pharmacies either were to high on price or didn't have them in stock. Last month i paid $15.08 at publix for sixty 10mgs. I know walmart and sams have went up and many othwillinger drugs came off their $4 program. I think with the new prescription is the reason it was higher than normal for myself because i didn't like walmart or sams generic version . Now if you need help finding the lowest price in your area i would be more than willing 2help finding for u. Email me
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Re: The price of my generic Ritalin went from $32 to $141 in one month

I have a feeling once this gets used 1000 times, they will change it, but I'd like to help everyone save money. Yesterday, I just got 120, 10MG me Methylphenidate at Walmart with a coupon from GoodRX for $14.xx Last month it cost $70+ with my regular insurance, so I was really happy. When I dropped off the prescription, the guy said that he didn't think that coupon would give much of a discount, but it was huge. GoodRX said the price would be $20.82, but it ended up being less than what they advertised, how often does that happen?

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Re: The price of my generic Ritalin went from $32 to $141 in one month

For a 30-day supply of 18mg methylphenidate ER tablets (60 tablets, 2 per day) it now costs $429.55 in Cincinnati (as of 09/14/2014).
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