This morning I was struggling to find a topic to blog about and now I have one, chiefly because I feel that life is always two steps backward for every step and a half forward. Anyhow, I digress this is about medication affordability and the mixed blessing of winning my prescription insurance appeal. While I am very happy that Latuda will now be covered under my insurance as tier 3 medication which makes the copay $43.00 (30-day supply), it’s probably only a pyrrhic victory because I still will struggle to afford this after 2-3 months.
To add insult to injury, I discovered that the generic form of Geodon, called Ziprasidone, is available for only $1.33 for a 30-day supply. Latuda is a newer analog to Ziprasidone. Ziprasidone has an even shorter half-life than Latuda so it must be taken twice a day instead of once. My doctor was considering Geodon if my appeal failed because of its chemical similarity to Latuda. I feel a bit like a shit heel because I asked her to do a fair amount of work for this bloody appeal. Well, at $1.33 it is worth an experiment because the savings is not insignificant.
On top of all of this I am not feeling physically so well today. My stomach is super wonky and there is nothing I can do about it besides power through the discomfort. My mama definitely said that there would be days like this. The upshot is that the sun is out and the bright day is keeping me feeling, at least, mentally okay. I’d best prepare to hunker down for the next several days when this weather system is supposed to hit. They don’t know yet whether this will be snow or rain and just how much. One last digression: Living in America should not be this dang hard.
UPDATE: WellCare is forcing me to pay my plan’s deductible of $450.00 in full before they will fully cover Latuda. This means that in order to pickup the medication, I have to pay 495.00 to the pharmacy and I just don’t have that kind of money to part with. It looks like the win was purely pyrrhic so it’s generic Geodon for $1.33 for a 30-day supply. Hopefully the drug works. All I have are 3 doses of Latuda remaining.