A harsh reality

My name is Rose Hernandez and I am a 54-year-old grandmother who recently moved to California City, California. I have a lot of health issues that impact my daily life, including diabetes, a previous stroke, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

I take a number of medications to ameliorate the difficulties and pain I face every day. These include Basaglar, Humalog, and Victoza for my diabetes. I’ve discovered that insulin is an absurdly expensive drug, and having three different kinds can be difficult to pay for. They are covered most of the year because I get help through Medicare, but I still have to pay a high price before I hit my deductible, and I find that I’m spending $60 just for these medications each month. I’m on a fixed income, and I’m also faced with the cost of a number of other drugs, including Zofran. The costs are piling up for me.

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“I find that I’m spending $60 just for these medications each month.”

- Rose Hernandez

Zofran is known to be a relatively cheap drug, but the list price is $189.99. Why is that? If my coverage fell through for any reason, I wouldn’t be able to afford that. I need it to curb the nausea I deal with, and I would be very uncomfortable if I were ever unable to afford it.

Lately, I’ve been helping with my grandkids and taking them to school. I love taking my pups –– Chaparrito, Droopy, and Launa –– for walks. I may have disabilities, but I try my best to enjoy my life to the fullest. However, I don’t think I would be alive right now if I weren’t able to afford my medication. If I didn’t have my medications, there would be awful alternatives, and if Big Pharma keeps raising prices, I will be faced with a harsh reality.