{"id":556298403913,"title":"Lemonaid Health Review: Are They Price Gouging?","created_at":"2022-03-15T00:39:51-04:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Lemonaid Health Review: Are They Price Gouging?\",\n \"keywords\": \"lemonaid health, lemonaid health review, lemonaid health reviews\",\n \"description\": \"Our MD and research team compare the prices of popular medications on Lemonaid Health with the prices on GoodRx and CostPlus, and we reveal some surprising discrepancies.\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/lemonaid-health-review\",\n\"author\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Taylor Graber MD\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/taylor-graber\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/taylor-j-graber-md-81351642\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"Content Partner\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"medicine, health, anesthesiology, iv therapy, science, drugs, pharmaceutical, medical research, scientific research, medical journals, entrepreneurship, healthcare, orthopedic surgery, biomedical engineering\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": [\n \"University of California San Diego\",\n \"Arizona University\",\n \"University of Arizona College of Medicine\"\n ]\n },\n \"memberOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\"\n }\n},\n\"contributor\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Calloway Cook\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/calloway-cook\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/calloway-cook\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"President\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"entrepreneurship, dietary supplements, herbal supplements, eCommerce, medical research\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": \"S.I. 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We recommend that patients follow their doctor’s guidance in regards to prescription medication.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"dc\"\u003eL\u003c\/span\u003eemonaid Health is one of the largest telemedicine providers in the U.S. The company provides online health services such as coaching, medical tests and prescription medication all from the comfort of your home.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMost people use Lemonaid Health for prescription medication, and this comprises the majority of offerings on their site, so the focus of this article will be to compare the cost of the same drug on Lemonaid Health to \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.goodrx.com\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eGoodRx\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/costplusdrugs.com\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCostPlus Drug Company\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e (Mark Cuban’s recent venture), which are two of the leading online marketplaces for discounted prescription medications.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe cannot guarantee the final price of any medications, and will be relying on the listed price on all three websites. Dosages may vary based on marketplace, and these prices are based on the cheapest dosage available on each marketplace. We will use prices for brand-name and generic drugs interchangeably, because both branded and generic drugs are the exact same active compound.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eAnxiety Medications\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAnxiety is one of the most commonly-diagnosed conditions in the U.S. and there exist many prescription drugs to treat it. Lemonaid even lists “Anxiety” as “In Demand” on their site at the time of writing, which is somewhat morbid.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHere are some of the most popular anxiety medications by monthly cost (excluding Lemonaid’s first-month promotional discount):\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eLexapro\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eLemonaid: $95\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cb\u003eGoodRx: $6.92\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCostPlus: N\/A\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eZoloft\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eLemonaid: $95\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eGoodRx: $6.50\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cb\u003eCostPlus: $4.20\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWellbutrin\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eLemonaid: $95\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eGoodRx: $6.67\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cb\u003eCostPlus: $4.80\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eProzac\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eLemonaid: $95\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eGoodRx: $5.24\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cb\u003eCostPlus: $3.90\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCostPlus has the best average savings across the category.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eErectile Dysfunction Medications\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eErectile dysfunction affects nearly 20% of men above the age of 20 in the U.S. based on \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.amjmed.com\/article\/S0002-9343(06)00689-9\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical research\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, and is a class of medications that has generally less severe side effects than many other categories.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHere are the prices of some popular ED drugs by cost-per-pill, excluding any promotional discounts:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eViagra\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eLemonaid: $2\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cb\u003eGoodRx: $0.55\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCostPlus: N\/A\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCialis\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eLemonaid: $2\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cb\u003eGoodRx: $0.38\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCostPlus: N\/A\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eGoodRx is the best-priced option in this category.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eHair Loss Medications\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMale pattern hair loss can be mitigated in some cases by finasteride treatment, which has a brand name of Propecia. This is the only hair loss medication sold by Lemonaid Health, and is arguably the most well-studied hair loss medication.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHere are the prices from the three retailers for a 3-month supply, excluding promo discounts:\u003c\/span\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eLemonaid: $60 (plus $25 online visit)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eGoodRx: $29.04\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cb\u003eCostPlus: $13.50\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCostPlus wins again.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eInsomnia Medications\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eInsomnia is a relatively common condition, and while there are many natural solutions patients can try such as melatonin supplementation or breathing exercises, sleep pills are still ubiquitous.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHere are the prices from the three retailers for a monthly supply of insomnia medication, excluding promo discounts:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHydroxyzine\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eLemonaid: $60\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cb\u003eGoodRx: $9.67\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCostPlus: N\/A\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eTrazodone\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eLemonaid: $60\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eGoodRx: $6.99\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cb\u003eCostPlus: $4.80\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBoth of the discount online options vastly outperformed Lemonaid Health on cost again.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eTakeaway\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe can’t find any other medication categories where Lemonaid Health publishes pricing. It’s clear to us that at least for patients who are simply filling a prescription from their doctor, both GoodRx and CostPlus are significantly better options than Lemonaid Health. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eLemonaid Health didn’t outperform on cost in any of the categories we reviewed, and often cost around 10x what GoodRx or CostPlus did.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCostPlus outperformed in every single product category where they sold the product, so this is a company to watch out for as they expand their offerings, and we believe what they’re doing in regard to cutting generic drug prices to serve lower-income patients is very needed in this market, and seems to be the exact opposite of the approach taken by Lemonaid Health.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIt is worth noting that GoodRx offers telehealth services along with the prescription medication, so some patients may benefit from that, but for patients with health insurance who already see a General Practitioner (GP) in person who prescribes their medication, it seems like an inferior option because of the cost.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eLike too many Silicon Valley funded startups, Lemonaid Health leverages cute emojis and great branding to charge unreasonable prices to consumers with a basic health need.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe would not recommend Lemonaid Health to anyone unless it was suggested by their doctor. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2022-03-15T15:21:10-04:00","updated_at":"2022-10-23T01:43:28-04:00","summary_html":"We compare the prices of popular medications on telemedicine company Lemonaid Health with the prices on GoodRx and CostPlus, and we reveal some surprising discrepancies.","template_suffix":"","handle":"lemonaid-health-review","tags":"_related:online-pharmacy"}

Lemonaid Health Review: Are They Price Gouging?

Lemonaid Health Review: Are They Price Gouging?


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Disclaimer: None of the information in this article constitutes medical advice, and is just the opinion of the writer(s). We recommend that patients follow their doctor’s guidance in regards to prescription medication.

Lemonaid Health is one of the largest telemedicine providers in the U.S. The company provides online health services such as coaching, medical tests and prescription medication all from the comfort of your home.

Most people use Lemonaid Health for prescription medication, and this comprises the majority of offerings on their site, so the focus of this article will be to compare the cost of the same drug on Lemonaid Health to GoodRx and CostPlus Drug Company (Mark Cuban’s recent venture), which are two of the leading online marketplaces for discounted prescription medications.

We cannot guarantee the final price of any medications, and will be relying on the listed price on all three websites. Dosages may vary based on marketplace, and these prices are based on the cheapest dosage available on each marketplace. We will use prices for brand-name and generic drugs interchangeably, because both branded and generic drugs are the exact same active compound.

Anxiety Medications

Anxiety is one of the most commonly-diagnosed conditions in the U.S. and there exist many prescription drugs to treat it. Lemonaid even lists “Anxiety” as “In Demand” on their site at the time of writing, which is somewhat morbid.

Here are some of the most popular anxiety medications by monthly cost (excluding Lemonaid’s first-month promotional discount):

Lexapro

  • Lemonaid: $95
  • GoodRx: $6.92
  • CostPlus: N/A

Zoloft

  • Lemonaid: $95
  • GoodRx: $6.50
  • CostPlus: $4.20

Wellbutrin

  • Lemonaid: $95
  • GoodRx: $6.67
  • CostPlus: $4.80

Prozac

  • Lemonaid: $95
  • GoodRx: $5.24
  • CostPlus: $3.90

CostPlus has the best average savings across the category.

Erectile Dysfunction Medications

Erectile dysfunction affects nearly 20% of men above the age of 20 in the U.S. based on medical research, and is a class of medications that has generally less severe side effects than many other categories.

Here are the prices of some popular ED drugs by cost-per-pill, excluding any promotional discounts:

Viagra

  • Lemonaid: $2
  • GoodRx: $0.55
  • CostPlus: N/A

Cialis

  • Lemonaid: $2
  • GoodRx: $0.38
  • CostPlus: N/A

GoodRx is the best-priced option in this category.

Hair Loss Medications

Male pattern hair loss can be mitigated in some cases by finasteride treatment, which has a brand name of Propecia. This is the only hair loss medication sold by Lemonaid Health, and is arguably the most well-studied hair loss medication.

Here are the prices from the three retailers for a 3-month supply, excluding promo discounts: 

  • Lemonaid: $60 (plus $25 online visit)
  • GoodRx: $29.04
  • CostPlus: $13.50

CostPlus wins again.

Insomnia Medications

Insomnia is a relatively common condition, and while there are many natural solutions patients can try such as melatonin supplementation or breathing exercises, sleep pills are still ubiquitous.

Here are the prices from the three retailers for a monthly supply of insomnia medication, excluding promo discounts:

Hydroxyzine

  • Lemonaid: $60
  • GoodRx: $9.67
  • CostPlus: N/A

Trazodone

  • Lemonaid: $60
  • GoodRx: $6.99
  • CostPlus: $4.80

Both of the discount online options vastly outperformed Lemonaid Health on cost again.

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Takeaway

We can’t find any other medication categories where Lemonaid Health publishes pricing. It’s clear to us that at least for patients who are simply filling a prescription from their doctor, both GoodRx and CostPlus are significantly better options than Lemonaid Health. 

Lemonaid Health didn’t outperform on cost in any of the categories we reviewed, and often cost around 10x what GoodRx or CostPlus did.

CostPlus outperformed in every single product category where they sold the product, so this is a company to watch out for as they expand their offerings, and we believe what they’re doing in regard to cutting generic drug prices to serve lower-income patients is very needed in this market, and seems to be the exact opposite of the approach taken by Lemonaid Health.

It is worth noting that GoodRx offers telehealth services along with the prescription medication, so some patients may benefit from that, but for patients with health insurance who already see a General Practitioner (GP) in person who prescribes their medication, it seems like an inferior option because of the cost.

Like too many Silicon Valley funded startups, Lemonaid Health leverages cute emojis and great branding to charge unreasonable prices to consumers with a basic health need.

We would not recommend Lemonaid Health to anyone unless it was suggested by their doctor.




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