My pharmacist told me the price (without insurance) was $87.50! I nearly swallowed my tongue! That is outrageous! And the only insurance I have is Medicare and a supplement. If they don't pay, I will have to skip the colonoscopy. I am on a very fixed income. What have some of you had to pay for this stuff?
If it is not covered, ask your Dr if you can use some other prep. My husbands Dr put him on a clear liquid diet and he was to dissolve an entire bottle of Miralax in a certain amount of gatorade, a gallon if I remember right then had a schedule for drinking it along with four dulcolax at bedtime and he was quite well cleaned out. If it is too expensive, tell the doc to prescribe something less expensive or you will forgo the test plain and simple. They all have favorite preps they just automatically prescribe without thinking about the cost to the poor patient. In fact, most probably have NO idea how much stuff costs. Bring it to his attention and tell him you cant pay that kind of money for a prep! I assure you there are other cheaper options.
I don't think there's a reasonable explanation for the price. The ingredients are worth approx. $28, after conversion of the indicated amounts on the bottle.
PEG-3350: 29.6 mmol/L x 2L = 59.2 mmol x 3350 g/mol = 198.32 g x $384.60/kg = $25.42
Potassium chloride: 14.2 mmol/L x 2L = 28.4 mmol x 74.55 g/mol = 2.12 g x $219/5 kg = $0.10
Sodium chloride: 59.8 mmol/L x 2L = 119.6 mmol x 58.44 g/mol = 6.99 g x $437/10 kg = $0.30
Sodium sulfate: 52.8 mmol/L x 2L = 105.6 mmol x 142.04 g/mol = 14.99g x $516/25 kg = $0.31
Sodium ascorbate & ascorbic acid: 29.8 mmol/L x 2L = 59.6 mmol x 198.11 g/mol = 11.81g x $153/1 kg = $1.82
Total price ingredients: ~$28
I've asked the company and I'm curious about the justification.
Today I paid $92.00 (retail was $115)! There was such a long line at the pharmacy I went ahead and accepted it. The laxative on my last colonoscopy cost $20.00. I will try to return it tomorrow and if the GI docs complain I'll go elsewhere. MEXICO has good, reasonably priced medical care. Is this the American dream to work all of your life then give all of your savings to the medical industry?
I am a Pharmacy technician and we see this all the time. Things seem to always be focused on convenience. It is however, very inconvenient for people who actually have to pay attention to details, such as cost. The therapeutic equivalence for MOVIPREP, is Polyethylene Glycol 3350 WITH electrolytes, and is easily $10-20 as opposed to $80-150. Basically, a powder laxative, such as: MIRALAX, reconstituted with a diluent containing electrolytes, such as PEDIALYTE. If administered correctly, the mixture would work just as well as the solution purchased at the pharmacy, but MUST be taken orally, be taken based on the prescribed amount and frequency. For example: A 230 lb woman, may be prescribed a solution containing 200-250 grams of peg-3350 per 1 gallon of solution, administered orally, 32 ounces 2 times a day for no more than 4 hours apart. IMPORTANT: However, most prescriptions are written in sig codes. Ex: 32 oz po b.i.d. for no more than 2qd.
You MUST ALWAYS call or consult with your Dr. before making these decisions and/or self administering them. Hope this help y'all with the expense issues. Have a blessed day.
- MoviPrep Information for Consumers
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