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Acyclovir: 500% Price Difference At 2 Thai Pharmacies


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Acyclovir 200 mg at Fascino is 175 bt for 25 tabs, while it's 875 bt at Boots in the same mall. That's 5 times as much.

Did one of these pharmacies make a mistake on the 'per unit' of their price? A box has 5 strips of 5 tabs each. The Boots price is 175 per strip, same as Fascino's price per box.

Googled the drug price and found next to nothing. Only reference was in a 3 year old post that said the cost was 150-200 bt for 2-3 days worth - at unknown dose size or frequency.

Would it just be easier to ask the forum what is the typical price for Acyclovir 200 mg?

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check if the medicine is the same in both places. THere may be a locally manafactured one in one case and a foreign one at the other.

I know Augmentin1000 in a good local brand packed in foil in a box is 280 baht for a 10 tab pack. They also have the same medicine but foreign brand for 850 baht.

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Are you sure it was the same brand? As acylovir is available here under several.

If really the same brand then indeed one of these 2 stores made a mistake in price. If it's an imported brand then it was probably Fascino's mistake i.e. they charged you for a box what should have been the price for a strip. if a locally made brand then vice versa.

Boots does run higher than elsewhere but not by that much for the exact same thing.

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Did one of these pharmacies make a mistake on the 'per unit' of their price? A box has 5 strips of 5 tabs each. The Boots price is 175 per strip, same as Fascino's price per box.

I think you might be onto something there.

Several years ago, I encountered a similar pricing situation -- can't even recall now what the substance was -- but the problem turned out to be that one store had put a price tag for a full *box* (i.e. multiple strips of tablets/capsules) as the price of a single strip. I bet Boots screwed up, in your case.

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At the other Boots in town the price is 185 per strip for the Boots brand generic, so the price per strip was not a mistake. Surprised me to see the 500% price discrepancy for a drug that's easy to manufacture. Could be their marketing strategy or the other generics are 1/5th the price because they contain no active ingredients.

Boots also offered an import from Australia manufactured by Schering Ploughat 300 per strip (?? number of tabs, 6 or 7 IIRC).

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Welcome to the pharmaceutical industry. Just about everything costs very little to make once the R&D is done. And then when the R&D is done, they try to pitch it to you that most of their revenue goes towards more R&D when in reality much of it goes towards marketing.

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