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Cover Story September 2, 2004

by lyle e davis


Itís the secret the drug store chains donít want you to know about.


Their wholesale cost for prescription drugs are minimal.  The markup they add when they sell them to you is phenomenal.  It is not un-common to see markups of 2000, 3000, even 5000%!


With the skyrocketing costs of prescription medications, more and more people are turning to generic medications to try to save a few dollars. They are medications that, in some cases, cost the drug store chains only pennies. So why are those savings not being passed on to consumers?


The Paper has undertaken an independent study of costs on the generic brands of commonly purchased prescription drugs.  We will show you who is charging what for the prescription drugs you are likely to be using.  You be the judge as to whether youíre being gouged or not.  The facts pretty much speak for themselves.


In analyzing these figures to set this study, we turned to several well-respected news organizations to use as a model.  They had conducted their own  separate and independent investigations.







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