The diagnosis was chronic sinusitis and an allergy to mold. The treatment was three different allergy medications and weekly shots. A year later, I have dropped one of the prescriptions and have graduated to bi-weekly “maintenance” shots.
In the past, say six months, I have come to the conclusion that I will never entirely kick this allergy. I might be taking Allegra D for the rest of my life. There are way worse things. However:
Several months ago, when I went online to re-order my 90-day supply of the drug, I was shocked to find the cost had gone up: $340 and change. Now my insurance pretty well reimburses me for the cost, but still. $340/90 days = $3.78 per day. For one drug.
Claritin D has been available over-the-counter for awhile now. Both drugs are aniti-histamines and both have a decongentant. My insurance won’t cover Claritin D, but my flexible spending account will. Claritin D costs $20 for a 15 day supply on drugstore.com. $20/15 days = $1.33 per day. About 35% of Allegra D.
I have pretty well determined that the decongestant, rather than the anti-histamine, is important to me. So I gave Claritin D a try. I bought a box on drugstore.com. It seems to be working. So I went back on line to order a 90-day supply. Do you see where this is going?
Drugstore.com gave me the message that my state regulates the drug and I can only order one box at a time. You know, because of the meth-fiends.
There is no way I am going to pay shipping every two weeks for this drug, and there is no way I am going to go to the actual drugstore every two weeks to pick it up. I will just keep my prescription, thank you.
This is me, one of the trying-to-be-good people, leaving the conscientious-consumer party because the regulations are lame. I am sorry, Blue Cross, but I ordered the Allegra D.