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Treximet Price Increase

  • By Caroline

    For those who take Treximet, has anyone else had a massive increase in price for their prescription! I usually pay $68 for 9 pills every month, after insurance kicks in. Tonight I went to pick up my prescription and was told it had increased to $160 after insurance! From what I understand, GSK sold the Treximet line to another pharmaceutical company back in August, but why the huge jump in price? Any thoughts on his?

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  • By KimberlyAnn

    Treximet is sumatriptan (generic Imitrex) with aleve so instead of prescribing treximet for me she just told me to add in aleve to my sumatriptan. You think it’s worth a shot for you? It’s got to be much cheaper.

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi Auburn,

    I believe it was in May that GlaxoSmithKline signed an agreement with another pharmaceutical company, Pernix Therapeutics Holdings, Inc. to obtain the U.S rights to Treximet. I’m not clear on pricing when this happens but can find out for you.

    As hollygolitely817 mentioned above, Treximet is sumatriptan with naproxen sodium. It may be worth a conversation with your doctor about taking this combination instead of Treximet. Just a thought.

    Also, have you check GSK for coupons, although they may not have any due to this.

    Keep us posted,
    Nancy

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  • By sof195

    Hi Auburn,

    I feel your pain. I have been taking Treximet now for about 4 years and it has been a miracle drug in stopping my migraines. I was like you and paid approx. $75 as a co-pay when I first received the drug, with a little help with samples from my neurologist. Last year my co-pay went to $120. This past month, it blew my mind when the co-pay raised again to $318! My prescription plan required 50% co-pay for Tier 3 medicines (BC/BS Federal)and will not allow mail order with this item.

    I called the new company (Pernix) and spoke with customer service there. They said that they had “no answers” as to why the price would have changed but they could transfer me to someone in administration. Certainly they have heard of this issue from other patients? Why have customer service if they will not find an answer for a customer? I did not think that it would change the price for me to call, but want to know if this is a permanent price or do I have to wait for the patent to run out before I get a relief in my wallet? I have to choose an insurance plan this month and want to know if I need to factor this price in and for how long.

    By the way, I have had success with cutting the tablets in half and taking them as soon as I feel the headache coming on. Hope that is ok to say! Any further information on the price issue is helpful!

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  • By Caroline

    Ok, here’s an update to my initial post. After several phone calls, I finally got through to “Linda” at Pernix, which now owns Treximet. She claimed that no one has ever complained about the prices, didn’t know the reason why there was an increase. She took a LOT of notes, but said little.

    Because of the triple in price, I was buying only one pill when I needed it, to the tune of $18 a piece. Today, the price went up to $49 for ONE tablet. So that is almost $450 dollars for 9 tablets if I ask for the whole prescription.

    So, in August, I paid $68 for 9 tablets. In October, it went $160. Now, it’s $450. This is all after co-pay.

    WHAT is going on!??

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  • By SEB2015

    A few short years ago, I did not have insurance and had to pay full price for a prescription of Treximet, which at the time was around $250 for 9 pills. I thought that price was high, but worth it. I’ve had really good insurance for a while now, with low prescription co-pays. I went to pick up my refill today for a double prescription. I usually just pay my co-pay, and don’t think anything else about it, but I decided to check out the actual price. The retail cost for the double prescription (18 pills) was listed as $1,492.00. I can not believe this much of an increase. If I didn’t have a good prescription plan, I definitely couldn’t afford it anymore.

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  • By sof195

    Just an update to tell you guys to SHOP AROUND. After my freak out in the Fall over the price increase, I decided to go to the cheapest pharmacy to get my Treximent because I pay 50% as my co-pay. After calling Walgreens, CVS, local pharmacies and Wal-Mart, I found a Wal-mart about 1 hour away that charged me only $68 (as my co-pay)for my 9 pill prescription in December. I noted that it was in the old packaging with the round flat pill holder, so perhaps it was one that was sitting on the shelf for a while? Perhaps they had not updated their prices in their system? Other Wal-marts in my area had the high price, so apparently the prices are not raised system wide. It was a drive, and some research, but worth the $300 I saved. FYI.

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  • By Rockin mama

    I used to take treximet … I had good insurance & paid $50 for 9 pills. I moved 5 years ago, and my new PCP suggested & prescribed imitrex with prescription strength naproxen for a total of $20 for 9 imitrex and 30 naproxen. Now I take imitrex and aleve. Works for me, and I often don’t need the aleve at all now. It’s nice to have the flexibility of deciding how much naproxen I take anyway.
    Angie

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  • By Walter

    From Pernix investors’ presentation in PDF format from their website, dated December 2, 2014, it mentions Treximet “price realignment effective September 2nd” 2014, on page 11. On page 13, it says “Pricing realigned with competing brands”. Pernix is probably keeping a low profile on the price increase so they lose as few prescriptions as possible. So either “Linda” at Pernix is clueless, or giving Treximet users the run around.

    From some online pharmacy pricing websites, it looks like Treximet is now around $650-$850 for 9 tablets, up from around $220-$275 a few months ago. Pernix financed the Treximet acquisition from GSK for $252 million financed with $220 million in debt and $32 million in cash, according to the investors’ presentation. So Pernix probably increased the price of Treximet to generate enough revenue to cover the debt and make a profit for shareholders. Management is trying to turn around a money losing company.

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  • By Blaine

    I complained about the price increase months ago. If they are saying “no one else complained”, either they are giving you false information or they’re not bothering to track it.

    For me, the with-insurance price jumped from $27 to $250. I switched to generic Sumatriptan + Aleve, which doesn’t work as well but it is affordable. I refuse to give Pernix a dime of my money until their pricing is (as they claim) “realigned with competing brands.”

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