Quote from Can't breath
I think it is irresponsable for anyone-doctors included- to claim that one is better than the other. I have gone through he'll to try and afford xopenex because doctors tell insurance companies that albuterol works the same. FOR ME, IT DOESNT WORK AT ALL. I think the only thing one should claim is that one works well for some while another works well for others. And now because there are so many "experts" crunching data and saying that xopenex does not have a significant edge on albuterol, the copayment assistance for xopenex is being taken away too. Well, I guess I'm the insignificant minority that albuterol does not work at all for. And because of claims by people who don't have to go through the difficulties of not being able to breath, I have to fight for breath and fight the people trying to shove albuterol down my throat. I'm sorry but professionals should not state information that has such an impact on insurance and pharmaceutical opinion. They, as professionals, have the duty to not make claims unless proven 100 percent...
-angry because I have to pay an arm and a leg for air
Doctors do not set pharmaceutical prices....and they don't tell your insurance company, pharmacy, Medicare, or Medicaid how much to charge- they have nothing to do with drug prices at all... why would they set a price too high, and then prescribe it????? It's awful to not be able to afford medication- I've been there - a LOT....I'm on disability, so have to deal with this issue like you do... but some drugs do work better for MOST people because of new ways medications work.
Healthcare professionals only know what they see- and THEY don't decide prices or availability- being mad at them won't help
I've been very angry also, about pharmacy prices, and having to take meds that don't work as well. I can't get an insulin pump because I'm on Medicare. My chemo nearly wasn't covered (100K per year for that one). And my list goes on for another dozen or so meds...and those don't include the 'as needed' ones.....
Be angry- but know who/what the problem is