Well my cancer stuff isn’t the only thing that’s going to heck with me. Apparently my blood sugar decided to get wild on me too. I had a fasting blood test a bit ago and slowly my numbers have been creeping up so sadly, it’s time to add some meds.
I got a message from my doctor that said she was wanting me to start a medication called Jardiance. I’d seen that advertised and decided that I’d go with it. I’ve been fighting with my blood sugar for awhile now and I’m giving up the fight on this one.
So Jardiance it is…
In the note my doctor also wrote, “If the cost is an issue, let me know.”
Well that had me wondering. Ugh…I have Obamacare from the Affordable Care Act. I’m self employed and on my own. I am so thankful for it. No one would ever want to insure me with all of my issues.
I decided to call to the pharmacy and see what the cost would be. Well…it was over $1100 for three months. OH MY WORD. Yep, I’m probably not filling that one. Seriously, that is TOO MUCH!! I told the gal not to bother filling it. I am not affording that. There has to be something other medicine that could help.
Before I called my doctor and had her prescribe something else, I decided to go online and see if there might be a coupon or some discount. I went to Google and typed in the name of my medicine and the word coupon. So I typed, “Jardiance Coupon”. There were a couple places that offered coupons. I went with the one from jardiance.com.
The site said… “Eligible patients pay as little as $0”. Well that sounded too good to be true. I’ve tried these coupons in the past-before they came out with the $4 and $10 prescriptions. All of my prescriptions now fall into those categories so I haven’t worried about coupons. I’d had some luck with medicine coupons before so I thought I’d give it a try.
So with fingers crossed and coupon in hand, I called WalMart Pharmacy. I told them I was the gal that had previously called in. I asked it they would run the prescription with the coupon information had and she did.
Guess what?? I will be paying the $0. It’s not too good to be true!!
Can you believe that?? Why is it that way? I am so very thankful but I am also frustrated. I am smart. I know to look. How many other people know to look for a coupon? I’m sure some of you who are reading this do not know about coupons. So…do me a favor, tell people about my story. If you are with friends, tell them. We really need people to know. It’s a shame that some people are likely struggling to try to pay the $1100 that they originally told me it would cost and cutting other things from their life because of the high cost. I can’t imagine making the choice between food and medicine. I know people -many who are on fixed incomes- face this. Please help me be a voice and tell people if their medicine isn’t affordable, go to Google and type in -the name of the medication-and the word “coupon”. Something is bound to come up.
So…I am starting on my new meds and pay zero dollars for them….Let’s hope they do the trick.
UPDATE: After I wrote this post, Kalissa went to pick up the medicine. It was going to be $260. WHAT?? This wasn’t what I was told. So I told her not to get it.
At nap time I called the pharmacy and asked what was up. I was told it would be $0. UGH. The gal on the phone said it was all wrong and that it indeed would be $260. I asked her to run it without my insurance and see if that changed it. It didn’t. I told her about my coupon again. No difference. I asked to run what a 30 day prescription would be. She said, “Mame, the $260 is for a 30 day prescription.” WHAT??? I asked to run it as a 90 day prescription. The cost was $230. WHAT???
I stopped and asked:
“So let me get this right… a 30 day prescription is $260 and a 90 day prescription is $230?” She said yes and was also VERY surprised. UGH. I don’t understand. This is all ridiculous.
So I called the number Jardiance had listed to their help line….Nope…that was going to be the cost. UGH.
So the question now was…did I want to pay $230 for the 90 day prescription. I’m sure my doc could find a different medicine. I decided I’d try the Jardiance and see if it made a difference.
So…I went to my computer. I printed EVERY Jardiance coupon I could find. I think there were 5 total. Karl was going to WalMart on Saturday so I sent all of the coupons with him. I attached a note and wrote, “Please do what you can with these coupons to make my Jardiance the most affordable as possible”.
Karl came home…the meds were $150 for 90 days.
Seriously…my meds went from…
to $260 for a 30 day supply
to $230 for a 90 day supply
to $150 for a 90 day supply
The moral of the tale…
When it comes to medicine, be persistent. Look for coupons. Try both the 30 day and 90 day options.