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02-18-2014 09:12 PM
jocoyn What about bird biotic? It is the same stuff. But I see that now it only comes in packets and not the capsules..but could it be given that way. Thomas labs makes it and it is 60, 100mg packets for around $50

It is ridiculous - a lot of these drugs have been around FOREVER and should be cheap and readily available. I had to pay $25 for 10 days of Amoxillin. They had that stuff when I was a young child 50 years ago.
02-18-2014 09:03 PM
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02-18-2014 08:56 PM
Muskeg Magwart- thanks for the detailed information- you saved me a lot of time online. I'll look into these options and post back with the one that worked best for me. It wouldn't be as big a deal if I didn't need to keep her on doxy for at least several months.
02-18-2014 08:35 PM
I_LOVE_MY_MIKKO
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I used to be able to get the Doxy Hycl at WAG on that plan too -- my pharmacist there told me WAG dropped it off the list because they were losing too much money. I was peeved, as that was the only reason I paid to join their RX plan, and it was on the plan when I joined.
Oh well that's disappointing! Thanks for the info. I went to pick up a prescription of my own on the plan last week and it had doubled in price...I guess they reevaluated the covered prescriptions for this year.
02-18-2014 08:25 PM
Magwart
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I don't know the difference either, I just know that I paid only $30 for Mikko's Doxy from Walgreens under the Rx a few months ago.
I used to be able to get the Doxy Hycl at WAG on that plan too -- my pharmacist there told me WAG dropped it off the list because they were losing too much money. I was peeved, as that was the only reason I paid to join their RX plan, and it was on the plan when I joined.
02-18-2014 07:26 PM
I_LOVE_MY_MIKKO
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The drug on the PDF Mikko linked to is different (Doxycyline Monohydrate)--I don't know what it is, but it's not what gets prescribed for my dogs. I don't know whether they can be substituted -- that's a question for a vet.
I don't know the difference either, I just know that I paid only $30 for Mikko's Doxy from Walgreens under the Rx a few months ago.
02-18-2014 07:12 PM
Magwart The Doxy "shortage" is the bane of my existence. As best I can tell, the manufacturers are telling the FDA that the "shortage" is due to unusually high demand. I found a 10k SEC filing from one of the generic drug makers reporting record profits last year, due to Doxy prices. Draw your own conclusions.

We are dealing with this all.the.time in rescue in the Deep South, as a relatively high dose of Doxy for 30 days is part of heartworm treatment. I've spent many, many hours researching doxy prices. You will not find the $4 or $11 Doxy anywhere -- that era appears to be dead. You may be able to get it for a lot less than you are currently paying though, if you are diligent in chasing the best deals.

WAG dropped Doxycycline Hyclate (the kind that has the shortage) from their RX plan. It was on it a few months ago, but as of right now, the 100mg tabs are not. (I think 20mg might be but that's useless when a dog needs 300mg in a single dose.) The drug on the PDF Mikko linked to is different (Doxycyline Monohydrate)--I don't know what it is, but it's not what gets prescribed for my dogs. I don't know whether they can be substituted -- that's a question for a vet. RA still has Doxy Hycl. it on their plan, but the price isn't dirt cheap -- closer to $1 pill, if I remember correctly.

Here's what I've found:

1. Start with GoodRX.com -- you enter the name of the drug, and then on the right side of the page for that drug, you enter the quantity desired (e.g., 180 tablets of 100 mg). It will price it at many local pharmacies (including the big chains). It will also give you a link to a "coupon" to get the negotiated GoodRX price at several pharmacies -- which is less than you are likely paying now. I've used their coupons at CVS and WAG, and they do actually take them (it works!). (Don't bother checking Costco--they've consistently been higher than the prices I've found on Goodrx. Walmart is high too, but their pricing shows up on Goodrx).

2. Ask your vet about filling it through Roadrunner compounding pharmacy in Arizona, if they are able to serve your state (your vet has to deal with them -- Roadrunner won't deal with you directly). They are a big national compounding pharmacy that ships all over the country. A single month of Doxy has been running about $70 from them, from what I've been hearing locally. I also heard they recently had a "special" of 500 of the 100mg tabs for 0.30 each, which might work for you, given that you need to have your dog on this for months. If you need to buy several months worth for the tick treatment, maybe that's an option. Your vet has to call them to ask about that special though, and availability will depend on your state's pharmacy rules.

3. Try calling manycompounding pharmacies around your state. One of them told me that the cost of compounding is primarily the labor, so ordering a lot at once is cheaper per pill than ordering in small batches. If your vet will script it that way, you'll save money, since you need several months of this. I saw a huge, huge price variation among the local compounding pharmacies when I called them, so call some in other towns in your state too--they likely can ship it to you, if the price difference is big enough. The key is to ask your vet ask them to compound it in a form to make it easy to dose (e.g., in a 300mg tab since you are giving 3x100mg tabs once a day). They may even be able to flavor it for your dog in a wafer. Be sure you price apples-to-apples (e.g., ask them all about compounding the same form/dose) to get accurate price comparison data.

One of these options should help you get it for less than the retail pharmacy price you are currently paying. It's a hard, hard situation for those of us with pets who need high doses for an extended period of time though. Your vet will likely thank you for helping him or her find other cheaper options for clients!

Good luck! If you find other sources eventually, come back and share them!
02-18-2014 06:42 PM
I_LOVE_MY_MIKKO You can get your dog a Walgreen's prescription plan and pay $15 for 30 pills or $30 for 90.

http://www.walgreens.com/psc/pdf/VPG..._1-13-2014.pdf
02-18-2014 06:16 PM
Kahrg4 Maybe check local feed and farm supply stores too?
02-18-2014 05:14 PM
Muskeg I'm giving 3/100mg tablets once a day. At the best rates I've found around here, that is about $3.30 a pill! The compounding pharmacy in Spokane is cheaper, at maybe $2.20 a pill? Still much more than it should be, but if this is long term it'll will save me $3 a day. I've tried doing on line research for better pricing, but haven't come up with anything yet. Forked over another $150 for a refill yesterday.

I'm seeing great improvement in my dog, so it is worth it to me, but it would be great to find a less expensive option.
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