Saturday, November 03, 2012
So, I have had asthma since 1st grade (I'm 24). After I turned 18 and was no longer on my parents insurance I was paying $20 per albuterol inhaler and the doctor would write me up for about a years worth of refills. Now the cheapest is $55 dollars and the inhalers don't even work as well or give me as many doses. The cheapest ones last me about a month but clog all the time so I better hope there is a sink with warm water near by if my asthma starts to act up. The more expensive ones $60+ will last about two months but don't clog as much. My biggest issue though is that the doctors will only write me up for 1 refill. So since I travel year round for work, when my inhaler runs out I have to pay anywhere from $300-$1000 for an emergency room visit just to get a prescription wrote out and then have to do it all over again in two months! I understand they supposedly have a problem with children abusing inhalers and trying to get high off them but I am 24 and have been on this medicine almost my whole life! I think it is so rediculous I have to pay so much so often! I know the doctors can't do much about the cost of the visit or the price of the inhalers but they could have a wee bit of compassion for people who can't afford to keep coming back and just give me at least a few more refills! I am so frustrated with this situation!
The reason I am so aggravated about this matter this morning is because my inhaler just ran out before I could even go on my run this morning! So now my cardio will have to wait till I can get to the doctor and I just DO NOT feel like forking over that kind of money right now. Especially when it's something so simple. ALL I need is a refill for a medicine I have taken almost MY WHOLE LIFE. My head might just explode if the doctor hands me another prescription with 1 losey refill on it! I would also love to have a word with these pharmaceutical companies that think it is totally ethical to more then double the price of something and make it about a third of the original quality. I really don't know how these pharmaceutical companies sleep at night. The more crucial a medicine is the more rediculous the prices get because they know people HAVE to have it so they'll HAVE to pay it... I really feel for truly sick people out there on top of having cancer, diabetes, aids ect, they have to stress about not going bankrupt just to go on living. Then there's the people that can't afford their meds what so ever and just suffer.. Something needs to CHANGE!