Good and Bad News About Prilosec - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/20/03

Good and Bad News About Prilosec

Good and bad news for chili dog lovers with heartburn.

Now, you can buy a popular heartburn drug over the counter -- that's the good news. Prilosec is going to be so much more convenient for patients who no longer need a prescription.

But here's the bad news.

"It's kind of a double-edged sword. For some people, it's a real benefit because they don't need to have a prescription for it, other people that have it on prescription will no longer be able to get it on prescription with a co-pay," says Tom Nelson, pharmacist.

So, the convenience of Prilosec could end up costing more for some patients. For example, the prescription for 30 pills without insurance is about $133. But with insurance, some patients can get it for just a $10 co-pay.

Now, they'll have to buy it over the counter for about $24. It's the same story we saw with Claritin when that popular allergy drug went over the counter.

It makes it more convenient, but shifts the cost from the insurance companies to the consumers.

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