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A $2,500 tube of cold-sore cream? Now that stings
A $2,500 tube of cold-sore cream? Now that stings

Jim Makichuk bought a 5-gram tube of Zovirax, a prescription cold-sore cream, a few years ago in Canada for $34.65. That was the over-the-counter price; no insurance involved. He recently purchased a fresh 5-gram tube from a Kaiser Permanente pharmacy in Los Angeles. It cost him $95, or nearly three times as much as the Canadian price — with insurance. But that's not what raised Makichuk's eyebrows. What surprised him was a report Kaiser sent him on prescriptions he filled in January. There was the tube of Zovirax, and there was the $95 payment Makichuk made. And beside that was a listing for what Kaiser paid for the cream: $2,532.80. "I don't get...

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