2004-04-16 / Community

Belle Harbor Chemists Reply To Wave Article

Belle Harbor Chemists Reply To Wave Article

The Wave agreed to print the following comments from Belle Harbor Chemists, which is their response to last week’s page 2 story (a comparison of prescription drug prices at local pharmacies based on Retail Price Lists obtained from each.) The editors wish to point out that the prices reported reflect those listed on Belle Harbor Chemists Retail Price List, and that comments from Belle Harbor Chemists were included in the original story.

To all readers, we at Belle Harbor Chemists feel that last week’s article on drug pricing portrayed us in an unfair light. The prices quoted were inaccurate, and our official prices are: Amoxil, 30/250mg, $5.99; Celebrex, 30/200mg, $93.42; Fosamax 4/70mg, $76.90; Lipitor, 30/20mg, $112.48; Nexium, 30/40mg, $146.04; Singulair, 30/10mg, $93.90; Zoloft, 30/50mg, $86.21.

On our list of priorities your health and well-being are of utmost importance. At the same time, we are also running a business and cost of brand name drugs in this country are at their highest. As one of the few remaining independent pharmacies left we take pride in putting service ahead of profit. Last week’s comparison failed to list any generic drugs, a realm of medicine in which patients can save enormous amounts of money. Canada’s online pharmacies, mail order drug plans and third-party contracts threaten to put small stores such as ours out of business. However, we are not here to complain, or to make excuses for the state of pharmacy, but simply to make things better. As long as we are still standing we will match or beat any local competitor’s drug prices, and as always there is no charge for our time, care or hospitality. Allow us to serve you and we will serve you well.

The owners and staff

of Belle Harbor Chemists

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