In 2006, while flying from Washington DC to Las Vegas, I was having difficulty focusing on the words in a book I was reading. The words were blurry and I attributed it to fatigue. I noticed that the blurriness and inability to focus on other reading materials was becoming more and more prevalent.
After a visit to the doctor, I was told I was pre-diabetic and needed to work on controlling my weight and eating healthier. Well that didn’t work and I became a Type 2 diabetic.
My doctor prescribed Metformin and combined with a diet it initially worked. The co-pay was initially below $20 and that was reasonable to me. He then had me switch to Janumet and the co-pay was again less than $20 and I received my prescriptions via Merck-Medco mail order pharmacy.
When the Clark County Education Association restructured the Teacher Health Trust, I had to find a new Doctor. He re-evaluated my medication and kept me on Janumet and added Jardiance to my regimen. My co-pay for Janumet increased to $83 and initially Jardiance was around $20.
At the end of 2016 my co-pay for Jardiance went up to $100 and my co-pay for Janumet was $93. The total co-pay for both my medications were $193 a month. Other diabetics and the pharmacy encouraged me to go online to find coupons that the pharmaceutical manufacturers were promoting to reduce the cost of co-pays. Eventually I reduced my co-pay for Jardiance to $25 and I’m still working on looking for a coupon for Janumet.
I hear from diabetic educators who are patients or have family members dependent on these life-saving medications complain about the rising cost of diabetic medication. The Teachers Health Trust has been working hard to find a solution to the high cost of diabetic medication but there must be another solution.
One shouldn’t depend on coupons from the internet to offset the cost of diabetic medications. One shouldn’t have to make the decision of medication or providing for their families.