I’m Saunta Anderson and I’m a resident of Inglewood, California. I’m now 60 years old and have recently begun my retirement. Before I retired, I worked in outside sales and largely enjoyed my work. I now spend much of my time doing other things I love, like reading, going on walks, cooking, and spending time with my family, whom I adore.
“I have a lot of fear, because I want to be able to do the things I enjoy.”
- Saunta Anderson
I live on a tight, fixed income that I’ve discovered is often not enough to keep me healthy. I was diagnosed with chronic dry eye about seven years ago, and my doctor prescribed Restasis, an Allergan drug that is notorious for being costly. I now have private insurance, but the drug is still expensive. Without a special coupon the drug is typically $300 each month. The coupon is unreliable and I don’t always get it. That’s an astronomical cost for me.
I’m constantly worried that I won’t be able to get the coupon that reduces the price of my drug. If I weren’t able to afford the Restasis, my eyes would dry out and I would have bad vision. In the long term, I would ultimately go blind. I have a lot of fear, because I want to be able to do the things I enjoy –– like read and see my family. The thought of losing my eyesight terrifies me.
I don’t want to have to worry about being able to afford my Restasis. Californians like me should be able to enjoy their retirement without living with the fear that I currently live with. Patients deserve better and I call on our legislators to fix the drug pricing issue.