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  •  I used to get inhalers in Mexico. (6+ / 0-)

    Then I started going to a clinic that got grants for prescriptions. While the clinic pharmacy was a little more expensive than Mexico, it didn't require a 200 mile round trip drive. Then, to keep the ozone layer healthy, it was decided that inhalers shouldn't have CFC (that must be the propellant you referred to). Then, even with the grants, the pharmacy charged $54 for the same thing I had been paying $13 for. Then the pharmacy gave me information about getting inhalers directly from the pharmaceutical company. And then they were free. And finally I got Medicare, including Part D. Because I am dual-eligible, I now pay $6.50. And I don't think the plan pays anywhere near $54. It's a racket.

    •  Asthma/COPD (1+ / 0-)
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      I still have refills on my meds because they just cut my medicaid to medically needy. However, they no longer cover my prescriptions. This is my monthly cost:

      43.29 ventolin

      16 prednisone

      21 with discount tessalon


      251.14 symbicort

      That's not counting the OTC things I need, calciium and potassium because the meds I'm on inhibit absorption of both. Magnesium to minimize smooth muscle tremors (like asthma), meds for acid reflux which they've made OTC, allergy meds (Claritin is the only one that works), daily aspirin to prevent another pulmonary embolism (cheapest).

      I don't see how I'm getting my inhalers, especially the symbicort. I can keep up the prednisone and the tessalon. I may be able to swing the ventolin from time to time. But the symbicort? That's our utilities.  Without that maintenance med, I'm going to be a lot more unstable and end up in the ER more often. Medically needy will cover ER visits. So in the end it's going to cost them more than if they'd kept me on medicaid.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 06:24:31 AM PST

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