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Norm Buckner, Minot, N.D., Published January 18 2009

Drug price comparisons shows significant savings

There’s lots of advertising right now touting the low prices offered by North Dakota pharmacies and how their prices are among the lowest in the nation. All this to try to stop the sale of prescription drugs at the same prices offered in 47 states by Wal-Mart. Here’s a simple solution: compare prices.

One big box store offers more than 300 generic prescription drugs at $4 for a 30-day supply and $10 for a 90-day supply.

I take five different medications, and here is the price comparison.

From that big box store:

Simvastatin 20 mg, Warfarin 5 mg, Lisinopril 20 mg, Triamterene/hctz 25/50 mg, and Atenolol 50 mg. All of these are $10 each for a 90-day supply.

Here are the prices taken at random from five different local pharmacies:

These are for a 90-day supply with no insurance; the total is $88.80.

Big box price for the identical amount: $50. That is a difference of $38.80 every three months in my pocket.

Let’s get North Dakota on track with the rest of the nation. We are the only state in the entire nation depriving our taxpaying residents of lower-cost prescription drugs.

It’s time for our Legislature to take action and repeal this antiquated law.