USA TODAY article Bakersfield, Calif.
(AP) Bakersfels, Calif., is paying more to cover drug costs at pharmacies, according to a study by researchers at UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco and the University of California.
The study found that Bakersfeld-based pharmacy Rite Aid and the largest drugstore chain Walgreens have increased the amount of their fees to cover the costs of dispensing prescriptions and dispensing medication at their pharmacies, from $2 to $3 a month.
The increases are in line with other major drugstore chains, such as Walgans and Rite Aid, which have seen increases of as much as $3 to $5 per month in recent years.
In 2016, the median pharmacy fee for a pharmacy was $2.85 a month, according the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which administers the drug benefit.
Rite Aid and Walgens’ fee increases are about twice the national average.
For the first three months of 2017, Rite Aid’s fee increase was about $2 a month and Wal-Mart’s fee increased by $1.30 a month in 2016, according data from the National Retail Federation.
Walgens and RiteAid also charge higher costs to provide medication.
For example, a Walgers pharmacy in San Diego charges $3.65 for a bottle of acetaminophen, while a Rite Aid pharmacy in California charges $4.00 for a 2.5-ounce bottle.
Since 2011, the cost of providing medication at Rite Aid has increased by more than $15 million, according a company statement.
This is in line a national trend, said Karen Smith, a UC Berkeley professor of health policy and economics and the study’s lead author.
“I think it is a sign of the times and it is just one more way that the costs are escalating,” Smith said.
When it comes to the prices of prescription drugs, the costs can be higher than the actual costs for the prescription.
In 2015, the FDA banned all generic drugmakers from making drugs from plants that have been genetically engineered to make more drugs. “
If you are paying a higher cost, it makes it more difficult for you to make the right choice.”
In 2015, the FDA banned all generic drugmakers from making drugs from plants that have been genetically engineered to make more drugs.
This has meant that manufacturers of new generic drugs have to buy the drugs directly from manufacturers that have made them.
According to the new study, the drug cost at Rite-Aid and Walmarts rose by about $20 million in the first two months of this year.
Dr. James V. O’Malley, the study co-author, said the increases in drug prices are not surprising because these are the prices for a drug that is sold through generic drugstores and not in a pharmacy.
“If we don’t do something about the prices, we are going to continue to see this situation where these new generic drug prices will go up, but we will be stuck with the same old problem,” he said.