The days flew by. About mid December I decided it was time to fill Don's prescription. I knew the injections had to be refrigerated, so I chose a day that I was off of work to go to the Walmart pharmacy. That, after all was convenient and where we got all of our other medications.
I dropped off the paper prescriptions and went about my shopping, returning 40 minutes later. After waiting in line, the sales girl took my name, looked onto her computer screen and hesitated a few seconds. She lowered her voice and directed me to the consultation window to speak to the pharmacist. Concerned, I did as she asked. The pharmacist gave me back the papers and advised me that they did not carry the specific medications Don needed. Responding to a confused look on my face she said,
"These injections and pills cost $2700.00 for one months dose!"
I was dumbfounded and speechless. The only thing I managed to get out of my mouth was the words Thank you.
I returned to my car and continued to drive. The next pharmacy I came to was CVS. I was given the exact same response. This time I asked the pharmacist if she knew where I could possibly get these medications. She lowered her head and in almost a whisper she replied, "Try the 24 hour Walgreens down the street."
I was so appreciative of this advice and continued the journey. When I arrived at Walgreens, approached the counter and gave them the prescriptions, the pharmacist came over to assist me.
"Do you carry this medication, because no other pharmacy I have been to does and I am getting scared!" I blurted out to her.
"Yes Ma'am, we do. I can fill this for you now, but I do need to give you my card so that you can call us before you need a refill. This medicine is so expensive that you will need to call and order it."
"Thank you!" I replied.
I milled around the store until they called me back to pick it up. "Sorry it took so long. We had to call your insurance company and get a special approval to fill this." the sales girl said.
My eyes widened as she continued, "They approved it for 12 months." she said as she nodded at me. "That will be thirty dollars"
Walking back to my car, clutching the bag I repeated to myself, "I love my insurance, I love my insurance, I love my insurance...."