Pharmaceutical corporations have put a price on my life.

My name is Lynda McMahan and I am a 55-year-old resident of Suisun City, California. I face a number of health issues that have affected many aspects of my life, but I choose to enjoy life regardless. I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about three years ago, and along with that diagnosis came a number of health care costs.

On top of doctor visits, I was also surprised to see the amount I would be paying at the pharmacy counter for my medications. I live on a fixed income –– about $1,400 per month. I have to pay bills, food, and rent with that. I’m not left with much leftover when I’m done paying for those expenses. But I’m left with even less after paying for my Lantus Solostar.

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“On top of doctor visits, I was also surprised to see the amount I would be paying at the pharmacy counter.”

- Lynda McMahan

At the beginning of this year, I was stunned to find out that my Flexipen would cost $450 for a month’s supply. It goes down after I hit my deductible, but the January cost was a huge hit for me financially. Even then, my insulin doesn’t actually go down much. It will still sometimes cost about $100.

My skin medication is $47/month for a generic called Doxycycline. Generics should be cheaper, but I’m still paying far too much. In all, I spend about $400/month even with Medicare parts A, B & D.

I need my medication to live, but the pharmaceutical corporations have put a price on my life. Patients like me need cheaper medication.