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    I’m on a low dose (2mg twice a day) of Tizanidine (generic Zanaflex). Since I started it last fall, it has cost me 71c a month at CVS through my Federal Employee BC & Shield.

    Today I got a text that it was ready (redi-fill). The link Said the price was $18.08!

    I called and they confirmed that it was the generic and only a month and that they had no idea why it went up so high in the middle of the year.

    I’ll call the insurance company on Monday.

    Anyone else on this? Sunshine? Nuthatch?

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    Perhaps you could call other pharmacies in your area (non CVS pharmacies) and ask them what they charge for a monthly script for this drug. Jim read some negative things about CVS in Consumer Reports, including price gouging. A little comparison shopping could be revelatory.

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    I recall something in Consumer Reports too--I think it was this:

    https://www.consumerreports.org/drug...r-drug-prices/
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    That's it! Thank you!

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    I don’t know. I am on so many drugs, I can’t keep track of prices! I will look into it. I take 22-26 mg daily.

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    I found the answer. My CVS Pharmacy called my MS Specialist because the RX had run out. The new RX was for capsules not tablets. They come from different manufacturers w different contracts. My “pharmacy benefit manager,” which is Caremark, figured this out in about 4 minutes and offered to call my CVS. I said I would and I did. My 71cents a month Tizanidine is waiting to be picked up.

    In times gone by, the pharmacist would have caught that change. And recently, another med came in green instead of blue. I thought the dose might be wrong but it was another manufacturer change. Pharmacists used to make sure to alert customers to such changes.

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    So glad you got that sorted out!

    I completely agree with you that the pharmacy should inform patients of any change in manufacturer for a med. We've had ongoing issues with manufacturer changes in Jon's seizure meds. It's important to know about the change, in case there are any adverse effects, since manufacturers use different formularies.

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    Rose, I have also been thinking that it would be worth asking the pharmacist if there was anything to do to get the price down on a particular drug by switching to a different form or manufacturer. There are people paying $18.08 a month for what I’m getting for 71 cents.

    I understand that that is not an avenue you’d like to take w Jon as you’ve had problems with them changing the manufacturer.

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    I found the answer. My CVS Pharmacy called my MS Specialist because the RX had run out. The new RX was for capsules not tablets. They come from different manufacturers w different contracts. My “pharmacy benefit manager,” which is Caremark, figured this out in about 4 minutes and offered to call my CVS. I said I would and I did. My 71cents a month Tizanidine is waiting to be picked up.

    In times gone by, the pharmacist would have caught that change. And recently, another med came in green instead of blue. I thought the dose might be wrong but it was another manufacturer change. Pharmacists used to make sure to alert customers to such changes.

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    Mine does still! It’s an independent pharmacy. They also caught sig Tizanidine drug interaction that doc missed. And they deliver free.

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    By the way, which pharmaceutical company manufactures Tizanidine for $.71 a month

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