My name is Phil and I have atrial fibrillation, a condition where my heart’s upper chambers beat out of coordination with the lower chambers, causing poor blood flow. Some of the symptoms associated with atrial fibrillation are fatigue, dizziness, weakness, shortness of breath, and discomfort in my chest.
I remember the day that my wife, Sharon, went to pick up my medications for the first time after my diagnosis. The pharmacist asked her to sit down and said they’d be with her in just a moment. She sat concerned and eager to hear what the pharmacist had to say. The pharmacist told her to brace for impact as the costs of my medications were going to add up to over $500 for a 90 day supply of Eliquis or $400 for a month. She reluctantly opted in to the 90 day supply. I’m a Part D Medicare recipient, and I live every day knowing how important access to my medication is. My vital drugs have no chance to work if the people who need them can’t afford them.
My wife was a human resources director at a nonprofit and I was a purchasing agent. We are now retired. We were able to make a comfortable living for our family. We are less concerned with finances than the average American family, and yet, we are still affected by out of control drug prices. I’m baffled by the way these pharmaceutical corporations are able to charge patients such high prices causing people to resort to selling their cars or not being able to send their children to college. If I could talk to a Pharma CEO today I’d tell them that it’s not fair that the dollars of hard working Americans are going to purchase their fourth and fifth homes.
While we have completely different political views, I know Charlie Baker is a good man who has worked for the people of Massachusetts to lower prescription drug prices. The issue of drug pricing is top of mind for Massachusetts voters, and I support Charlie Baker’s stance on taking on Big Pharma. We need more politicians who are willing to stand up for patients like me.