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Elishia Cole

My husband and I had to give up medications

During the past two years or so, I have slowly had to give up several of my medications. They are just too expensive for me to purchase. I have asthma and have been prescribed Advair, but even after my insurance pays their share, it would still be nearly $200 a month out-of-pocket. Add to that sinus medication that is also a steroid base and medication for gout, and I am not able to take everything that I need. My husband also has had to give up one of his medications for Diabetes because of the cost. We constantly have to be aware of how much a prescription will cost us before we get it filled. In some cases, it has meant using a medication that isn’t as effective for the problem.

For several years, our doctor made sure that he gave us samples, but then the system that he works in made him stop. People, especially the elderly, need help. Our health depends on it. Many others have it worse than we do. In this country, it is a shameful thing that a person who has worked all their live, paid insurance premiums and now needs to use those benefits, cannot afford to use them.

“We constantly have to be aware of how much a prescription will cost us before we get it filled.”