Variation in prescription contraceptive pricing across Florida ZIP code income groups

Nikki Zite, Audrey Barry, Lorraine S. Wallace

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Background The purpose of this study was to explore average monthly cost of commonly prescribed oral and transvaginal contraceptives, across ZIP code income groups, in Florida. Study Design In March, 2011, the MyFloridarx.com database was searched to assess monthly prices of seven commonly prescribed contraceptives charged by Florida pharmacies. Results With the exception of TNRG/EE 35 (χ2[4, N= 401]=18.72, p=.00), monthly costs of contraceptives did not vary significantly across Florida ZIP code median income quintile groups. Conclusion Overall, while there was little variability in retail pharmacy prices in Florida for seven commonly prescribed contraceptives, monthly costs of individual contraceptives varied widely. Implications This report found little variability, across ZIP codes, in retail pharmacy prices in Florida for seven commonly prescribed contraceptives, but the monthly costs of individual contraceptives varied widely. It is paramount that clinicians consider costs when discussing contraceptive options with their patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-56
Number of pages3
JournalContraception
Volume89
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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Costs and Cost Analysis
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Oral Contraceptives
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  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Variation in prescription contraceptive pricing across Florida ZIP code income groups. / Zite, Nikki; Barry, Audrey; Wallace, Lorraine S.

In: Contraception, Vol. 89, No. 1, 01.01.2014, p. 54-56.

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