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Ada Polyak

Left pharmacy without my prescription

I am a single mom on disability. I get under $800 a month to live on.

I also have COPD, asthma, Fibromyalgia, Hashimoto’s, high cholesterol and am supposed to take several different drugs for my health daily. One of the things I have to take is an inhaler that goes by Q-var. I take this twice a day so I can breathe. I went to have it refilled the other day and was told my co-pay went up to $250. I didn’t pay that, and left without it. I called my doctor and told them what transpired. So they gave me another prescription that I can’t take because of my thyroid problem. Also it made me cough to where I can’t catch my breath all the time and I can’t go anywhere if I’m coughing and can’t breathe.

How can they charge so much money and expect people to be able to afford the medicine we need to live?

I have to pay my bills, and can’t do it if I have to pay one-third my income for the medicine that keeps me alive.

"How can they charge so much money and expect people to be able to afford the medicine we need to live?"