What do doctors pay for Botox? Botox pricing

Prior to the slowing economy and rise of new competition (i.e. Dysport, Allergan has exercised incredible pricing power with Botox. 

Based on data furnished to RealSelf, from 1998 to 2008 Allergan price increases for Botox exceeded the rate of inflation 9 out of 11 years.

Since 1997, the cost of Botox moved up $190 to $525 per vial, or 57%.  If Botox prices were only adjusted with inflation, the same vial would price out at $447.  The price per unit (paid by the doctor) has climbed from $3.35 to $5.25. Botox vials hold 100 units.

Historical Botox cost, 1997 to 2009

Here’s a table showing the historical cost of Botox to doctors (most doctors markup about 2X):

  vial cost unit cost % change Inflation
1997  $335  $3.35          –   2.34%
1998  $352  $3.52  5.1%  1.55%
1999  $369  $3.69  4.8%  2.19%
2000  $370  $3.70  0.3%  3.38%
2001  $392  $3.92  5.9%  2.83%
2002  $392  $3.92  0%  1.59%
2003  $417  $4.17  6.4%  2.27%
2004  $448  $4.48  7.4%  2.68%
2005  $466  $4.66  4.0%  3.39%
2006  $485  $4.85  4.1%  3.24%
2007  $505  $5.05  4.1%  2.85%
2008  $525  $5.25  4.0%  3.85%
2009  $525  $5.25  0%  

Botox Patient: Posted from Medical Spa RX: Wholesale Botox

1 Response to How much does Botox cost your local doctor?

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November 12th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

Our skin clinic has been buying Botox for over seven years and we’ve seen the price go up just as shown in the chart. I wish that we were able to keep our own prices increasing but not so. We do make some money on Juvederm and Dysport… but not Botox.

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