Yesterday I had a visit with my GI -- it's been almost three years. I haven't had a reason to see him, but my new GP wanted me to check in with my GI. Since the demise of Asacol, I have been taking Pentasa with good results...meaning I'm still in remission. I have a high-deductible health care plan, so the beginning of the year I pay cash for my meds until I reach deductible, which is usually hit the first time I pay for my meds.
Here's my discussion with my GI yesterday:
Him: You are taking Pentasa? Why?
Me: Yes. Because your office referred me to my GP to get the prescription after Asacol was discontinued.
Him: So you don't take the Asacol anymore?
Me: No it was discontinued.
Together: We both mentioned Delzicol....
Me: Delzicol is just Asacol in a capsule
Him: But they changed the coating.
Him: Throw out all the Pentasa and start on Lialda.
Me: I have a high deductible health plan and I just paid $1600 for a three month supply.
Him: $1600? You are kidding? Throw it out anyway and start with Lialda. Maybe we can give you some samples.
***ME SHAKING HEAD***
Interesting that the doctors have NO knowledge of what their patients pay for meds. I would really like the pharma reps to tell the doctors just what it costs for our meds. Maybe they will start thinking before writing prescriptions, and doing procedures that are not necessary. Maybe it's our job to inform them to. We've live in a world where nobody really thought about how much meds and procedures cost, just had them doled out to us.