Life Extension Magazine April 2007
As We See It
Slashing the High Cost of Prescription Drugs
By William Faloon and Saul Kent
By William Faloon and Saul Kent
Blood-Test Early Warning
If you had the time to read the fine print of your prescription drug insert, you would be surprised about the vital importance of having your blood tested to guard against lethal but preventable side effects.
Hurried doctors routinely fall short when it comes to recommending low-cost blood tests that could detect liver, kidney, bone marrow, and other toxicities caused by prescription drug misuse.
When blood tests are not properly done, patients can suffer irreversible tissue damage requiring even more hospitalizations and more costly prescription drugs. The fact that these debilitating and lethal side effects could be sharply reduced by proper blood testing—and that these blood tests are nevertheless routinely neglected—is a national travesty.
For those taking statin drugs, proper blood testing is of particular importance, as excess doses can cause permanent muscle and liver damage.16-24 These side effects can be virtually eliminated if the dose is adjusted to reflect what the drug is actually doing in each individual’s body. Such dose-adjusting data are readily available merely by having the proper blood tests done.
The Life Extension Pharmacy will make its best effort to advise customers of specific blood tests they should ask their doctor about when taking side-effect-prone medications.
Drug-Interaction Early Warning
Consumers often are victimized into using drugs that cost far more than necessary. Some of these drugs also have greater risks of side effects than other medications. That is why we offer a free Drug Cost-Safety-Benefit Review when you transfer your prescriptions to the Life Extension Pharmacy.
In order to optimize your prescription drug program, while saving huge dollars, it is important to have all your prescriptions transferred. That is the only way that Life Extension pharmacists can have full knowledge of all the medications you are taking.
A real-life example of a lethal drug reaction can be seen in a sad case where different doctors of one patient prescribed the three following drugs:
Each of these drugs can deplete bone mineral density, but when all three are used at the same time, rapid osteoporosis can be induced.25-33 In this case, the result was a crippling spinal stress fracture, an agonizing four-month hospital stay, and finally death due to medical errors in the hospital setting.
While the Life Extension Pharmacy cannot guarantee that it will detect every adverse drug interaction, it will review customer records to make the best effort to protect clients against the lethal consequences of drug interactions that are so common today.
Can Your Life Be Trusted to a Pharmacy Chain?
Adverse reactions from prescription drugs cause over 100,000 deaths a year in the United States.34 Despite these startling numbers, the nation’s leading pharmacies have done virtually nothing to protect their customers against the very real dangers posed by the drugs they sell.
A review of annual reports of publicly traded pharmacies reveals the outrageous profits they earn selling tobacco, over-the-counter drugs, prescription drugs, processed foods, liquor, and more. Nothing is mentioned about efforts to protect their customers against the lethal products they sell. But then again, it was never the mission of these pharmacy chains to save human lives.
The harsh reality is that today’s large pharmacies sell anything that is legal, whether it kills their customers or not. They are in business to make money, not to better humankind. The Life Extension Pharmacy’s mission, on the other hand, is to revolutionize the practice of pharmacy in a way that preserves both the client’s health and economic solvency.
Even Greater Future Discounts
From Day 1, the Life Extension Pharmacy will be able to slash the high costs of prescription drugs. But this is only the beginning. We have developed a strategy to reduce the price of prescription drugs to such a low level that cost will no longer be an issue.
The Life Extension Foundation’s track record provides historical proof of our abilities to use Foundation membership buying power to drastically reduce prices. For example, when we first recommended SAMe as an antidepressant in 1996, it cost $45 to obtain 4000 milligrams (20 200-mg tablets). We promised members that this high price was only temporary, and that we would figure out a way to reduce the cost if we could get enough people using it. Within a few years, we slashed the price for this amount of SAMe to only $10.50. In inflation-adjusted terms, we have reduced this quantity of SAMe to only $7.35—a savings of more than 80%!
If you knew how difficult and expensive it is to properly synthesize SAMe, you would understand the biochemical miracle that we accomplished. We are confident that we can provide you with the same type of savings on your prescription drugs. All we need is for Life Extension members to patronize the new Life Extension Pharmacy, and we can generate sufficient volumes to drastically cut the artificially high costs of prescription medications forever.
What this means to you is that you can support our campaign to eradicate high drug prices by calling 1-877-877-9700 today and switching your prescriptions to the Life Extension Pharmacy. You’ll save immediately even if you continue using the same drugs you currently take. You may even be fortunate enough to learn that there are safer and more effective drugs available that cost less than what you’re using now.
Our Revolutionary Strategy
Most people are aware that obsolete FDA policies make it very expensive to get drugs approved and that these costs are passed on to the consumer in the form of high drug prices. Life Extension members have been educated about the exorbitant prices that drug companies charge in relation to the actual cost of the active ingredient. In addition, other government agencies have erected regulations that force American pharmacies to overcharge in order to cover these bureaucratic burdens.
Through your patronage of the Life Extension Pharmacy, you will contribute to a revolutionary initiative to forever obliterate the archaic and corrupt regulatory structure that forces Americans to wait the longest for new lifesaving medications, while paying the highest prices in the world for the dangerous drugs they are too often prescribed.
If you question our ability to overcome our powerful entrenched adversaries, please remember that we launched the campaign that resulted in the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act being passed in 1994. We have taken the FDA to court many times and prevailed. We have beaten back attempts the FDA has made to convince Congress to grant it totalitarian new powers.
The ultimate objective of the Life Extension Pharmacy is to save America from bankruptcy. Economists have predicted that Medicare will be the prime reason why social costs will exceed total federal tax revenues by 2050. Unless something is done to tear down the artificially high prices Americans pay for their health care, our country faces economic insolvency.
The Life Extension Pharmacy
Consumers now have a choice. The Life Extension Pharmacy is dedicated to improving the benefits its customers receive from prescription drugs, reducing the number of horrendous side effects these drugs cause, and saving clients money.
To help ensure that prescription drugs are being used optimally, a free Drug Cost-Safety-Benefit Review is available to consumers who transfer all their prescriptions to the Life Extension Pharmacy. Instead of aimlessly filling bottles with pills the way commercial pharmacies do, the Life Extension Pharmacy will seek to suggest more cost-effective medications that might provide broader benefits, with a lower risk of side effects than what clients may currently be using. Included in this review are:
In the process of providing this vastly improved service, the Life Extension Pharmacy has slashed the costs of prescription drugs to enable individual consumers to save hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars a year.
Even if you have insurance that covers most of your prescription drug costs, the Life Extension Pharmacy can still save you money, as explained in the box at the end of this article, entitled “How to Maximize Your Insurance Benefits to Minimize Your Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs.”
To take advantage of the lifesaving free services provided by the Life Extension Pharmacy, just call 1-877-877-9700 to initiate the transfer of all your prescriptions.
Please Join Our Revolt
As a client of the Life Extension Pharmacy, you are participating in a revolution to tear down an immoral drug monopoly that causes Americans to grossly overpay for their prescription medications.
Instead of asking for donations, we are only asking that you call 1-877-877-9700 to have your prescriptions conveniently transferred to the Life Extension Pharmacy. We accept most major insurance plans and can even reduce your copays.
You may never have another opportunity to contribute to a cause that may help to ensure your country’s economic future . . . while saving big dollars today!
Removing the Shackles of Bureaucratic Ineptitude
There was a time when elderly Americans were destined to become serfs of the FDA-protected drug cartel. While the pharmaceutical industry still heavily lobbies Congress to stifle competition, American citizens have just won a huge victory in the war against high drug prices!
Consumers can fight back against today’s corrupt and inept medical establishment by transferring their prescriptions to the Life Extension Pharmacy.
The Life Extension Pharmacy enables consumers to slash the cost of their prescription drugs, while gaining access to unique services that could save their lives.
For the past 27 years, Life Extension has battled the pharmaceutical industry’s monopolistic stranglehold on the nation’s health care system. Life Extension was the first to expose the hoax perpetrated by the FDA that Americans had to pay the highest drug prices in the world.
From the privacy of your own home, you can easily transfer your prescriptions to the Life Extension Pharmacy and receive free delivery on all of your prescription needs. To find out how much money you can save on your drug purchases, and how easy it is to transfer your prescriptions to the Life Extension Pharmacy, just call 1-877-877-9700 today.
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