America's Drug Companies Complaint - Cost of Medications
CASA GRANDE, ARIZONA -- I am so pig-biting mad right now, I can't stand it! Among other health problems, I suffer from COPD. I was referred to a pulmonologist by my regular doctor, and the pulmonologist, a pretty nice doctor prescribed Advair for my breathing problems. I went to get the prescription filled,and almost fainted when the pharmacist said it would cost $289 PER MONTH! I am on Social Security Disability Insurance, and the cost of Advair is a third of my monthly income. It doesn't cure cancer or heart disease. It doesn't even cure my diabetes or the pain from two bad discs or a prosthetic knee joint. I told them there was no way I could afford that, so the doctor's office said we would go with Flo-vent instead of the Advair. Turns out the Flo-vent is still over $200 per month. All these medications do is make breathing a bit easier, and that is not worth a healthy chunk of my income. Now I really am not surprised about the stories of elderly people living on cat food so they can buy medicine. I have insurance that works with Medicare, but it really doesn't do anything for me, or any other person who needs expensive drugs.
Now, I am not opposed to the drug companies making a reasonable profit, but this is ridiculous. I will just get more used to having breathing problems. I just wonder what they suggest I give up so I can breathe a bit easier. My house? maybe meals? How about our car? Maybe doctors can afford medications like this, I sure can't.
To the makers of Advair and Flo-vent, observe where my sports coat has that little vent slit. Kiss about 6 inches below that.