2007 Breast Cancer 3 Day

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Are You Kidding Me???

Since I have now had a hysterectomy my oncologist prescribed me a new medicine. (I was taking Tamoxifen.) Because I am now in full menopause I have to take Aromasin. (Tamoxifen is for pre-menopausal women.) This drug is similar to Tamoxifen. It basically does the same thing in my system, but studies indicate this new medicine is better at preventing recurrence (according to my doctor). Here's the big difference though...I can get Tamoxifen in a generic form which costs me $5 after insurance. My new medicine doesn't have a generic equivalent. I pay $40 a month after insurance. This medicine without insurance would cost me $352.88 a MONTH!!! That is CRIMINAL!! Is this stuff made out of some rare chemical compound found in the deepest jungles of the Amazon??? Probably not...it's probably basic stuff that is easy to manufacture. So basically cancer patients are being ROBBED in order to stay alive! Hell they make more money treating us for cancer so I guess if we can't afford maintenance medication then we will relapse thus causing further needed treatment which will make the medical industry MORE MONEY!! I'm not one for conspiracy theories but this has CONSPIRACY written all over it!! This is why cancer is never over for cancer patients. We deal with it daily in some form--some days it's emotional, others it's physical....today it's financial.