It’s How Much? Shocking!

It’s criminal how much is being charged for my medication. It’s a good thing I was seated when my pharmacist called me the other day:
“Ms Newland?”
Yes, speaking.
We’ve just received your prescription. We don’t carry this medication in stock, it won’t be available for pick-up until tomorrow. Are you aware of how much it costs?
No.
$374 a week.
Pardon? A month?
No, a week. (I almost fall off my chair)
Do you want us to proceed with filling the prescription?
Ummm, yes. I think so. I don’t know. How much again?
Have you advised your health benefits company of your Fair Pharmacare confirmation number?
No, I don’t know if I have one or not.
Here’s the phone number for Fair Pharmacare, you should call them and your benefits company right away to co-ordinate your coverage.
Thank-you very much for letting me know, I appreciate your help.

Click.
I’m stunned. Who can possibly afford this medication? If I had no extended medical coverage, it would be highly unlikely that I’d be able to go on the medication. It costs almost $20,000 a year. I’m very fortunate that 80% of the cost will be covered under my benefit plan.
So, after double-checking with my benefits plan, Fair Pharmacare and again with the pharmacist, I’ve got the the “all-clear” to pick up my vials of platinum. Now, if only the nurse would call to set up the appointment to teach me how to shoot up. Er, self-inject.

About Christine N

I'm married to Daryle, Mom to two wonderful boys - Daniel and Andy.
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