In my continuing low intensity conflict with my sinus infection, the allergist prescribed some Doxycycline, an old time, low cost antibiotic. I picked up a bottle of 60 capsules (50 milligrams each) on Saturday for $6.70. Monday I picked up a bottle of 30 capsules of Adoxa (150 milligrams each) for another member of my family for $105.15. Looking at the paperwork when I get home I find that Adoxa is another name for, wait for it, Doxycycline. What's going on here?
I did a little Googling and I found Adoxa is made by Doak Dermatologics. I also found this page, so I guess I got off easy paying only $100. I think the dermatologist must be in cahoots with the pharmaceutical, er, sleazy, er, respectable marketing company. Of course, most of their customers probably don't care, it's covered by insurance. I only noticed because it's January and all the medical insurance deductibles get reset to zero, so we get to pay full price for a couple of months until the deductibles are satisfied.
While I'm chasing all this down I come across this outfit: http://www-noprescription.com/
They'll sell you prescription drugs without a prescription. Curious thing is I could find no actual address for the company. Might not even be on this planet.