And yeah it's expensive. We were just about to buy a new refrigerator.....ours is from 1990. It works but food freezes if you don't put it in the right place, etc. Ah well, I barely eat anyway....that old fridge will just have to limp along a little longer....My guess with deductibles and co-pays we will have to spend around $2000-$3000 in medical bills. Too bad we didn't win the Powerball. It's be ok.....the money is just money, and we can afford it I guess.
All of our Brand medicines are ridiculously priced, I'm sorry that you have to make tough decisions on whether to buy a medication that you need or a new refrigerator.
Over the past few years in response to political pressure, public & media scrutiny the manufactures have become more sensitive to some patients' financial needs(there are some exceptions), more people are qualifying for patient assistance than ever before. I remember there was someone of the jpouch.org site who said that she could afford Xifaxan (her copay was $500 a month)but she applied for assistance and Shire approved her Free Xifaxan for 12 months (which retails for more than $20,000 a year).
Vanco is still extremely expensive and I think it is actually generic so there is no financial assistance with Vanco. Dificid is new and last year was just acquired by Merck, one of the largest drug manufacturers in the World.
Maybe you could qualify for their patient assistance. www.merckhelps.com/Programs.aspx?tab=MHL
DX'd with Severe Pancolitis June 2005
Previous Meds: 5ASAs, Predisone, 6-MP. Remicade, Humira, Simponi, Cyclosporine -- Twice
3-step J-Pouch surgery: 2013 & 2014
Current Condition: Chronic Pouchitis -- Not as bad as I thought it would be
Current Meds: Cimzia, Sulfasalazine, and rotating antibiotics
Future meds: Stelara, currently waiting for my insurance to approve it