After doing a photo-shoot for the new Palmyra Pharmacy, I delivered a rack of my postcards to the store. Those who are looking for a full inventory of my postcards, you will be able to find and purchase them at the new Palmyra Pharmacy. The store opens on Monday, 9/23/2013.
The new store will have a variety of over-the-counter items as well as being able to handle prescriptions. They also carry greeting cards and other convenience items.
The new store will be a nice anchor business for the Village of Palmyra.
I saw the dermatologist today. I don’t qualify for the study because I have two types of pre-cancerous cells: AK and SK. He says the one will interfere with the interpretation of the study.
He gave me two prescriptions for two different types of treatments. Both had cards stating I would pay no more than $35. The doctor swore that’s all I would have to pay (or so he has been lead to believe.)
The last time he gave me such a card, the pharmacy called it in and the total came to $270. When I asked why I was told because my insurance doesn’t cover it.
WAIT! Wasn’t that why I got the card?
Today, both prescriptions resulted in the same results – $270 for the one, and $300 for the other. That is absolutely ridiculous. If I didn’t have insurance at all, I would pay less. It is ridiculous. It is nuts.
The problem is, and comes 2014 it will be worse, is these companies don’t care that your deductible is thousands of dollars, and they assume your insurance will cover their patented drug. However, these high deductible plans only cover generics AFTER you’ve paid your high deductible. (Basically, its like having no insurance at all until you’ve met your deductible, and chances of meeting your deductible are pretty slim unless you end up with something seriously wrong.)
Earlier today I lead a group to take pictures of some tractors down near Honeoye Lake. Here’s some pictures…
I went to the pharmacy to purchase my MoviPrep for Monday’s procedure. What a RIP-OFF. They charge you $62 (before insurance, which only paid about $15) for the stuff. Now, the last time I had this done I was told to buy a bottle of this clear citrus-flavored laxative. It was over-the-counter, and only cost a few bucks.
This stuff is largely the same ingredients with the exception of polyethlene glycol. The ingredients are listed here:
200 grams of PEG-3350 (polyethlene glycol – a base for many laxatives, cosmetics, etc. quite commonly used),
15 grams of sodium sulfate (a salt used as a laxative),
5.38 grams of sodium chloride (table salt),
2.03 grams of potassium chloride (a salt often sold as salt substitute),
9.4 grams of ascorbic acid (vit. C), and
11.8 grams of sodium ascorbate (a salt made from vit. C – cuts the tartness) plus the following excipients:
acesulfame potassium (sweetener), and
Rip-off, rip-off, rip-off !!!
None of that stuff is even remotely worth $62. Next time, I’m going to say, “No”, to MoviPrep. Best case, the stuff probably costs them about $5 to make, which means they could sell it to WalMart for $10, and WalMart could sell it for $20. There’s only one way to fight high prices – boycott the product.