Mark Cuban’s Cost Plus Drug Co. Begins Shipping Medications Amid Nationwide Shortages

Mark Cuban, the renowned billionaire entrepreneur and investor, has embarked on a mission to disrupt the pharmaceutical industry with the startup he co-founded, Cost Plus Drug Co. The company has taken a significant step forward by shipping its first batch of medications to hospitals facing nationwide shortages.

According to Bloomberg reports, starting April 3, 2024, Cost Plus Drug Co. has commenced shipping allergy medication epinephrine and blood pressure drug norepinephrine to 10 hospitals in Texas and Pennsylvania. Both medications have been in high demand and short supply, prompting Cost Plus to manufacture them at its Dallas facility.

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Founded by Cuban and radiologist Alex Oshmyansky in January 2022, Cost Plus Drug Co. aims to revolutionize the pharmaceutical landscape by offering affordable medications through its online pharmacy. The startup currently delivers over 2,300 prescription medications, including the recently produced epinephrine and norepinephrine.

With a mission to provide medications safely and at the lowest possible price point, Cost Plus adopts a transparent pricing model. As outlined by Cuban on the startup's website, each drug is priced based on a 15% markup from the base cost, plus the actual pharmacy preparation cost. This pricing method ensures transparency and affordability for customers.

For example, Cuban explained that a medication like Albendazole, which typically costs around $113, would be priced at $35 for customers through Cost Plus Drug Co., considering the startup's pricing methodology and the actual cost paid for the medication.

Cuban emphasized the importance of affordable medications, stating, "No American should have to suffer or worse - because they can't afford basic prescription medications." This commitment to accessibility aligns with Cost Plus's overarching goal of addressing healthcare affordability issues.

In addition to its innovative pricing model, Cost Plus Drug Co. has partnered with to integrate its drug prices into's comparison tool. This collaboration enhances transparency and enables customers to make informed decisions about their medication purchases.

Cost Plus offers convenience to customers by allowing prescription pickups at 5,000 affiliated pharmacies nationwide and 2,000 Kroger grocery stores. This accessibility ensures that individuals can easily access the medications they need, regardless of their location.

While Cost Plus Drug Co. makes strides in improving medication affordability and accessibility, other players in the online pharmacy space, such as Amazon Pharmacy, are also making significant strides. However, Cost Plus's commitment to transparent pricing and addressing medication shortages sets it apart as a frontrunner in the quest for healthcare affordability and accessibility.

As Cost Plus Drug Co. continues to fulfill its mission of providing affordable medications to those in need, its efforts contribute to a healthier and more equitable healthcare landscape for all.