They Must Be On Drugs


| September/October 2002

Pharmaceutical companies are famous for overpricing their products, but according to Life Extension magazine (April 2002), the truth is even more amazing than the rumors. A 20 milligram bottle of the popular anti-depression drug Xanax, for instance, sells for $136.79, while the cost of the generic active ingredient tops out at less than 3 cents, leaving a markup of 569,958 percent. That tops Life Extension's list of outrageously priced drugs. Here are the rest of the top 10 markups:

2. Prozac (20 mg) 224,973%

3. Norvasc (10 mg) 134,493%

4. Tenormin (50 mg) 80,362%

5. Prilosec (20 mg) 69,417%

6. Vasotec (10 mg) 51,185%

7. Prevacid (30 mg) 34,136%

8. Claritin (10 mg) 30,306%

9. Celebrex (100 mg) 21,712%

10. Zoloft (50 mg) 11,821%