Compound Medicines Aren’t Necessarily More Expensive


Hello again from the Compound Lab! Today, I wanted to dig deeper into why compound medicines aren’t necessarily more expensive when using self-pay. (Next week, I’ll focus on insurance-pay).As I said last week, mass-manufacturers often markup their products to cover some of their other expenses, including marketing and research. Some manufacturers may also charge more if demand for a particular medicine is low (they still to have to cover the cost of the manufacturing equipment & processes, even if they only make small batches).We don’t have these problems. Instead, we charge for the cost of our materials and labor… and that’s it. No extra add-ons.One of my favorite examples of how compounding can be cheaper comes from a cream used to treat pre-cancerous skin spots. Typically, a dermatologist might prescribe a drug called fluorouracil for treatment; copays for it average around $100. We can compound a product just as strong (while also being less irritating) for about $50.Not every compound will be cheaper than its commercial counterpart, but there are plenty that are. From hormone replacement therapies, to ED treatment, to skin treatments, there are several types of compounds we can save you money on, while still making them customized for you. If you’re worried you’re overpaying for your medicine—or are tired of mass-manufactured meds—please check in with us. If there’s a way to save you money, we’d love to find it!As always, we're available in the lab Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. Or you can email me anytime at brandon.ladage@belewdrugs.com. We’d love to hear from you!

Until next time,

Brandon


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