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Added on Feb. 5, 2009. This chart came from and investigative report of Steve Wilson of Detriot’s Channel 7 news.

Did you ever wonder how much it costs a drug company for the active ingredient in prescription medications?


Some people think it must cost a lot, since many drugs sell for more than $2.00 per tablet.  We did a search of offshore chemical synthesizers that supply the active ingredients found in drugs approved by the FDA. As we have revealed in past issues of Life Extension, a significant percentage of drugs sold in the United States contain active ingredients made in other countries. In our independent investigation of how much profit drug companies really make, we obtained the actual price of active ingredients used in some of the most popular drugs sold in America.  The chart below speaks for itself.  The figures are based on the cost of 100 pills.

BRAND   STRENGTH   WE PAY    COST TO MFGR   MARK UP

Celebrex    100 mg          $130.27             $0.60          21,712%
Claritin       10 mg             $215.17            $0.71          30,306%
Keflex       250 mg            $157.39            $1.88            8,372%
Lipitor        20 mg             $272.37            $5.80            4,696%
Norvasc      10 mg           $188.29             $0.14           134,493%
Paxil            20 mg            $220.27            $7.60            2,898%
Prevacid      30 mg          $44.77                $1.01           34,136%
Prilosec       20 mg        $360.97                $0.52           69,417%
Prozac        20 mg         $247.47                $0.11         224,973%
Tenormin     50 mg       $104.47                 $0.13           80,362%
Vasotec      10 mg         $102.37                $0.20           51,185%
Xanax          1mg           $136.79              $0.024          569,958%
Zestril       20 mg         ;     $89.89                 $3.20             2,809%
Zithromax   600mg      $1,482.19                $18.78            7,892%
Zocor          40mg          $350.27                  $8.63            4,059%
Zoloft         50mg           $206.87                  $1.75           11,821%

Since the cost of prescription drugs is so outrageous, I thought everyone I knew should know about this.  Please read the following and pass it on It pays to shop around.  This helps to solve the mystery as to why they can afford to put a Walgreens on every corner and why the market value of Pfizer is greater than that of Sweden.

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