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How Generic Drugs Can Cost Small Pharmacies Big Bucks
National Public Radio

Pharmacist Narender Dhallan winces as he looks at a computer screen in his drugstore on a recent morning. For the second time in two hours, he has to decide whether to fill a prescription and lose money or send his customer away.

This time it’s for a generic antifungal cream that cost him $180 wholesale. The customer’s insurance, however, will pay Dhallan only $60 to fill it.

“This used to be something that would happen once in a rare, rare while,” Dhallan says. “Now it’s becoming routine.”

If the losses keep coming, Dhallan says his store, RiverRx in Bethesda, Md., won’t be in business two years from now.