Dem Investigates $44,000 Prescription

A leading House Democrat wants answers from pharmacies for charging insurance an outlandish $44,000 for a basic nutritional supplement.

Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland wrote to Warner West Pharmacy and CVS Health Monday demanding answers to news reports that Warner West submitted the expensive claim for the supplement Reservatrol.

Warner, a pharmacy in California, submitted a claim for a 30-day supply of Reservatrol to its pharmacy benefit manager CVS for $44,707, CBS News reported in June.

At the same time, Warner was offering a 30-day supply of the supplement for $600, a fraction of the cost, Cummings’ letter said. Reservatrol is an antioxidant derived from grapes.