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I should add - some people's plans cover scripts at 100% so you'd pay nothing. Your doctor probably has no idea what the specifics of your situation are.

Ever seen a ZithroPak? A regimen for ZithroMax is I believe 2 pills on day 1 and 1 per day for 5 more days. The package has the first two in a blister pack section with "take these the first day".

Because expecting people to figure that out on their own is not realistic. I'm totally serious.

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Thanks for the explanation VA!

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Btw - sorry to sound like such a grouch and begin most explanations with "because most people are idiots". But it's true.

Remember a few years ago that Pepsi and Coke came in 24 oz (710 mL) bottles? Well, like any other business prices drift up over time. Companies can either raise prices or reduce container size.

Problem is that research shows that consumers are more sensitive to price changes than quantity changes. The 6 x 710 mL bottles sold for $3.99 - about 93.7 c/L. Well, Coke went first. 6 x 500 mL bottles for $2.99. 99.7 c/L. A 6.4% increase.

Coke began clobbering Pepsi. People snapped up the Coke at $2.99 because that's a dollar cheaper than the Pepsi. Oh, but it's only a little smaller. Pepsi hung on as long they could but the combination of lower sales AND lower profits eventually forced them to also move to the 500 mL bottles.

Well, here we are a couple years later. 6 x 500 mL bottles are back to $3.99.

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I can tell you why....and none of this is directed at anyone here.

Most people are idiots. Large numbers of people - when told to slap together 10,000 IU of vitamin D a day from the pharmacy from 1,000 IU or 5,000 IU supplies - will mess it up somehow. If the doctor wants to be confident that you are doing what he wants you to do the only way to do so is to make it as simple as possible for you "just take one damn pill once a day". Medication non-compliance (either by confusion or just laziness) is a major problem.

Most people do not understand the concepts you are describing, or many say they do but their actions suggest otherwise. I can't tell you how many people I've seen with prescription ibuprofen in 600 or 800 mg pills. I tell them "you know you could just take 3 or 4 200's" and they just sort of look at me. They really think the 800 mg prescription pill is "better" than 4 x 200 mg pills from the grocery store.

You see it all the time in labeling "Original Prescription Strength!". Because I'm too stupid to figure out that 2 x 250 "regular" strength is the same as one 500 mg "prescription" strength. Your doctor doesn't think YOU are an idiot specifically, but when you are back in his office and you tell him what you were doing, he doesn't want to be rolling his eyes or wondering why the fuck you'd do that when you told him you took 10 x 100 IU pills because that's 10,000, right?

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The heck with sticky traps....where can I get one of those hottie catapaults?

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PS: Scandle, I believed the doctor but I can also imagine that top promotors/prescribers may get some kind of special treatment. I know that it used to happen all the time. For example, the pharmaceutical company might pay for medical training for 5 days in Hawaii with short a brief presentation. I think that is very rare if not non-existent now.

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I did ask the doctor's office. They said that they thought it was easiest since I'd already left the office. There is no difference except that I would have to take two small capsules into of one. The prescription was $21.63 for 20 while the regular supplements were $6 or $7 for 180.

I often think that doctors are just oblivious to the cost of a medication. I was given a round of medicine that cost more than $700. When I told the doctor, he was floored.

This is a lesson learned, just like what I learned about shipping. Check everything every which way.

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We know a lot of doctors and never have they said they got a kickback from drug companies for writing prescriptions. That simply isn't the way it works. Drug companies used to wine and dine doctors while educating them about their products, and that, added to the various items with their drug name on them (mugs, notepads, pens, etc.) acts to encourage doctors to prescribe those meds when given several similar ones to choose from. Pharmacies do not collude with doctors, either, or set up a special reporting service that gets back to the drug companies.

DD, I've no idea why your doctor subscribed something different for you than what your husband is getting. Why don't you ask your doctor's office or your pharmacist what the difference is between the meds? More info should help.

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I tried to order two bookshelves from Ikea. Shipping was quoted at $349, so I called. Surely there was a cheaper way.

Ordering them separately results in a big savings. They only cost $58 each to ship. Each bookcase is split into three boxes so that the weight of each box stays under 50 lbs. so I don't understand the huge penalty for orders that weigh over 200 lbs. I'm glad that I called to find a less expensive way even though I got to ride the hold and transfer carousel for several hours.

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Amy Schumer is Chuck Schumer's cousin????

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