It’s possible you’ve noticed Jim Cleland’s commercial on CNN for our area. He’s standing in his drug store in Wakeeney telling viewers to give him a toll free call…1-800-743-8886… to check his prices on drugs and compare them on what you are paying. I’ve done that and found there is a HUGE difference. He claims, and rightly so, that he can bring you the best prescription drug prices in the world.
I’ve known Jim for years and have heard him rant about Medicare, high drug prices and being dismayed at patients who are unable to pay for prescription drug therapy.
In 2004, when Gov. Sebelius said Kansans should look to foreign countries for prescription drug savings, Jim took action. Many drugs purchased from pharmacies in Canada or other foreign countries are definitely cheaper than in the U.S.
How do we know that drugs purchased from pharmacies in other countries are good and safe? The facts speak for themselves. The government from each country where the pharmacy operates inspects and approves all drug manufactures the same as in the US. All the pharmacies Jim buys from are approved by the U.S. FDA. Millions of other people take these same drugs.
For years, we in the U.S. have been taking drugs that are manufactured in foreign facilities that include antibiotics from India, blood pressure meds from Switzerland, cholestrol meds from China, antidepressants from Denmark, and reflux capsules from Japan…etc.
When Jim gives you a quote on prices, he’ll give you his pharmacy price and the prices in a pharmacy in Canada, Great Britain, Switzerland, Israel, etc. One he gives you a quote, you will know if you are getting the best price.
I’ve fallen into the dreaded black donut hole because of the high price of my drugs….Cellcept, Actos, etc. which means until the end of the year, I have to pay out of pocket for all my drugs. I had a choice of paying locally $400 a month for generic Cellcept or going to Wakeeney and paying a small fraction of that by having Jim purchase generic Cellcept overseas. Same with Actos. I’m literally saving thousands as I’ll be on these meds the rest of my life.
Jim and I have been friends for years. Cleland Drugs has been around for 65 years. Jim has been in the drug business for 51 years. His motto is: Never Betray the Trust.
If you have someone in the family who is taking a drug that is very expensive, you might want to give Jim a call. Even for other drugs I’m taking, I find Jim offers them for a lower price than I can buy them locally. When I need a script refilled, I call Jim and he has it in the mail that afternoon and I get it the next morning. He pays the postage.
I don’t like to go out of town to buy things that are available here, but when I can no longer afford local prices, I have to look elsewhere.
From the Indy: Cleland is a northwest Kansas original.
From an earlier post:
SIZZLING HEAT…AND HIGH PRICES…
Filed under: prairie musings, family, friends — Peg Britton @ 5:05 pm Edit This
The new medicine I’m taking for Lupus (or whatever I have!) is Mycophenolate. It’s the generic for Cellcept, a drug used for patients undergoing kidney transplants. It demolishes your immune system, I’m led to believe, but this is about the last good alternative for me. Anyway, it’s expensive stuff, but if you shop around, there is sunlight. Here’s what I have learned in the past few days.
My local pharmacist was giving me her “best deal” and charging me $400 for 60 pills, which is enough for one month. That’s with my insurance. She said she can’t even buy it for $200.
My Lupus doctor’s nurse in Salina said she could find it cheaper for me and did. She said the Smith Center pharmacist said he’d sell it to me at his cost of $170.
Then she called again to say at Dillon’s on Crawford in Salina, it can be purchased….same med, 60 pills…for $117.17. I needed it so Todd made a run to Salina to pick it up so I could get started on it in order to head north again. Today, they called from the Dillon Pharmacy and said they had run it through my insurance and had a rebate for me of $40.77. That brings the price down to $76.40 with my insurance. Far better than $400.
Meantime, I have contacted my friend, Jim Cleland, who has a pharmacy in WaKeeney. He is reevaluating the prices of all the meds I’m taking. Perhaps you’ve seen his ad on CNN. His price for 100 of the same med as mentioned above is $105.20. He also said he was making money on it at that price. So, Jim’s cost to me per pill is $1.05. Dillon’s costs is $1.27 a pill. Locally purchased would cost me $6.66 a pill. All with my insurance. I can’t afford to shop locally with this price differential.