Shame on you Mylan! Shame on you!
Two years ago I had a different insurance plan and when my doctor prescribed an EpiPen for my severe shellfish and bee allergies, my insurance plan refused to pay. My out of pocket cost was just under $600 and that is one of the biggest reasons that I changed insurance agencies.
In 2007, the cost of an EpiPen was just under $100 which means that Mylan has managed to hike the price by over 500%, that’s unconscionable.
But if you think Mylan is an exception, they aren’t, they keep good company. Four of the Country’s top 10 drugs increased by more than 100 percent since 2011 and six increased by more than 50%. These are drugs used to treat arthritis, high cholesterol, asthma and other common health issues.
In August, CVS announced that it plans to terminate access to more than 30 drugs including some that are used in the treatment of cancer and diabetes. Despite those cuts, CVS continues to break records with their rising operating profits.
Just after CVS announced plans to discontinue over 30 medications, Express Scripts announced plans to terminate over 80 of the medications that they offer. They have also provided instructions to patients who are currently using those medications recommending that patients ask their doctors to consider “writing a new prescription for one of the following preferred alternatives.” All the while, Express Scripts continues to bring in record quarterly profits.
Since when did we let the drug manufacturers, the insurance agencies, and the pharmacy determine what’s best for our health?
When I changed insurance companies, I had my doctor write me a new prescription for an EpiPen because you need to replace them yearly. Fortunately my cost for the medication was only $10 and I am really lucky that I got it when I did because I just found out last week that my insurance company no longer pays for the EpiPen.
If there ever was a reason to try and stay healthy, this is it!
WTF? Do you think it’s possible to reform the healthcare industry?