Everyone knows my brother works for the Dark Side. He’s a pharmacist, and sometimes, he and I disagree. I’m lovely Luke Skywalker, except not so frail, he’s Dirty Darth Vader, except not my dad. Then I remember, he’s also a Pharmacist who spends his days championing a free clinic, and he sees things most humans couldn’t handle.
The following is authored by: Justin Coby PharmD
Apple Inc. made bank this year, there is no doubt. Their fourth quarter net profit for 2012 was $8.2 billion, up from 2011, which brought in $6.6 billion for this innovative company. Apple was expected to sell over 46 million iPhones over Christmas alone. I began to wonder why no one seems to mind the price of these machines.
Why do we continue to give our money over to the next Steve Jobs wonder toy with intoxicated grins on our faces, and not take this attitude in our own health and well-being?
As a pharmacist, the first of the year is always a challenge. The insurance companies all play a rousing game of musical chairs with their clients, and the pharmacies typically are left to tell them whether or not there is an open seat left. Needless to say, this information is rarely taken well.
Many folks get upset about new deductibles, increased co-pays, and changed drug formularies every year. They cry, “Crooks!” and “Injustice!” I see their point.
They pay for a service and expect a return. “Why are my prescriptions so damned expensive?!” they ask. “I don’t know,” I say with the smile I have perfected for these situations. It’s probably because you will die without them – I think that part but I don’t say it.
“Don’t these drug companies have enough money?!” they ask. I think to myself: Yes, but you will continue to pay, because it suits you better than the alternative.
Now, whose fault is this?
Is it Big Pharma? That evil conglomerate that surely shares a weekly brunch with Big Tobacco. Is it the insurance companies? Unfortunately we really can’t pin our anger on either of these two. They provide a service quite simply, and business is business.
I don’t believe the Pfizer shareholders care whether or not your copays are outrageous. I doubt the CEO of Express Scripts will lose sleep over your loss.
I strongly agree with the old adage that if you don’t like your situation then you had better change IT or YOU.
Somewhere along the line we have stopped thinking about our medical sciences in the same mysterious glow as our iPads. These life-maintaining little pills now are considered a right and not a valuable commodity that has taken great minds to develop over many years. Medications are so expensive because they have great value, and, here’s the dirty secret – people will continue to pay no matter how large the price. Reminds me of those nifty little iPhones that were sold out this Christmas.
Moral of the story is: Do today, that which prevents pills tomorrow. Otherwise, pay the price.
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