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Cost of Medications for Mental Illnesses

A dear friend of mine has recently been diagnosed with Bi-Polar disorder. One day I took her to pick up her prescriptions. I was, and continue to be, shocked by the exorbitant cost of her medications, even with Health Insurance and a presciption plan. One of her three medications cost over $100. I asked the pharmacy technician what the cost would be for someone without health care. She looked up the price on the computer and told me that for that ONE particular medication it costs $200 per pill. Now, she takes this medication twice a day and gets it filled monthly. Thats 60 pills for a price of $12000 a month for a person without Health Insurance. I'm sure all of you know that a family without health insurance can't afford $12000 a year, let alone $12000 a month. Thats more than college tuition.

When Acting Governor Codey came out and spoke as a proponent of mental illness I was thankful that the issue was finally getting attention. I know that the Senator has introduced a plan to purchase bulk drugs for those who are uninsured, but what about the overall price of medications. Specifically the price of prescriptions for Mental Illnesses. My friend needs the medicine to function day to day; however, she still spends over $150 month. Does the Senator have a plan for reducing the overall cost of prescription drugs. If not, one is desperately needed.

by scottyxmacdougall on July 08 at 2:17 PM EST

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