WTF Wednesday, we save lives…if you got 600 benjamins!

Shame on you Mylan!  Shame on you!

the cost of epipenTwo 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.

epipen CEO ScumBut 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?

why EpiPen is expensive

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?

2 thoughts on “WTF Wednesday, we save lives…if you got 600 benjamins!

  1. Something has GOT to change! It’s crazy how twisted our system is right now. Rick needs an epi-pen for bee stings. I haven’t needed to fill his Rx but wondering what it might be. I did hear you can ask your doctor for a syringe and a dose of epinephrine Rx instead. If needed, we will do that and Rick will just have to give himself an “old fashion” shot (not the power shot of the epi). How’s it going on the prednisone? Do you want to come to Colorado and throw around some weights with me today?!? All kidding aside, I hope you are feeling better and feeling hopeful!

    • Unfortunately it hasn’t helped the headaches yet and since they only gave me a 7 day dose, I doubt it will but that’s my skeptical side…on the optimistic front, I’ve got loads of energy and have started to refinish a kitchen island and I’ve powered through half of my work projects which I was way behind on, so that’s a bonus. 🙂 Time will tell…I’m hanging in there and power walking like a boss. Plus MacGyver may go for a bike ride with me later so things are looking good so far. 🙂 And Colorado is probably amazing this time of year. It’s still humid and hot as Hades here.

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