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Posted on: Sat, 11/18/2006 - 11:34pm
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Quote:Originally posted by Adele:
[b]I have a huge deductible and a pharmacy plan that only takes off a small amount. I bought a new pack of the duo-pens in February and paid $96. I believe the amount before my discount was $120.
(and in spite of a $2900 deductible and a miserable pharmacy plan, I still pay about $370 a month for JUST me. And, of course, this amount will go up $40 in April, as it does every single year. The deductible also goes up every year.
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I'll bet that sure inhibits you from asking for 25 epi pens. Too bad insurance companies need to be like that.

Posted on: Sun, 11/19/2006 - 2:01am
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With the drug coverage our family currently has, I actually pay nothing (not even a co-pay) for EpiPens. This has not changed what I feel the # of Epis required for the family is - it's 3.
Am thinking about having a "floater" 4 for when Jess goes out with family or friends without me, but what I've usually done in the past in that situation (since I'm not going) is give the person the one in my purse.
So, for me, what I pay for them (nothing) has nothing to do with whether I stockpile them, stash them, etc. I just get the # of Epis I feel our family requires and I honestly can't see where that # would change drastically in the future.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 11/19/2006 - 4:13am
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That's really how I feel as well...We'd have the same number if I paid for them out of pocket. And I'm pretty fussy about expiry dates already, even though it isn't "my money."
I mean, it would be truly awful to be financially limited to only two... but I would literally go without other necessities to make [i]that much[/i] happen, KWIM?
We routinely have about 4 unexpired. Our copay is now $25 US for a twinpack. I don't like to just get one twinpack, however, since my own comfort requires that they be of different lot numbers. Our HMO has never suggested mail order, nor have they asked questions about how many we replace annually (it's often about 6 a year, or 3 refills).
We are never without two good ones on DD's person. I carry one in my purse, along with a paper scrip for another pair. We actually carry THREE paper scrips-- DH has one, I have one, and DD's epipen bag has one.

Posted on: Sun, 11/19/2006 - 6:51am
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$25 for a Twinpack.

Posted on: Sun, 11/19/2006 - 6:54am
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Quote:[b]With the drug coverage our family currently has, I actually pay nothing (not even a co-pay) for EpiPens. This has not changed what I feel the # of Epis required for the family is - it's 3.
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Quote:[b]That's really how I feel as well...We'd have the same number if I paid for them out of pocket. And I'm pretty fussy about expiry dates already, even though it isn't "my money."[/b]
It's a well documented [i]fact[/i] that [i]cost[/i] influences whether or not people access healthcare and related items. Even for those who can [i]afford it[/i]. Even when it's [i]acutally necessary[/i]. Whether the people a site like this attracts would sell the farm for one, isn't really an accurate cross section of what people will forgo.
Do you guys (if I may use that un "pc" term) have any idea how many people I do health histories on that don't buy prescriptions that would have kept them out of the icu? Don't get me started on diabetics.....You wouldn't believe how "life saving" something as simple as a "test strip" and a drop of blood is.

Posted on: Sun, 11/19/2006 - 1:53pm
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Since it doesn't cost me anything to get an EpiPen with my current health plan, how do you explain Momma Bear that I haven't gone "wild" with what I feel my family requirements for Epis are? I mean, they're free to me, so why not up the # to what I see a lot of people on the board here have?
But yes, I understand your point. There are other things that I do not access (health care wise) if it is not covered and I cannot afford it.
I would say that I am very very fortunate right now in that all of the meds required in our household are covered by our drug plan.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 11/19/2006 - 1:57pm
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(edited to remove quote)
you understand that many people, if given the opportunity, (ie: free), would request....demand more epipens than they actually need? True need possibly having nothing to do with a "comfort zone".
(rhetorical, but feel free)
But yeah, sometimes, I wonder if people really understand pathophys....
[This message has been edited by MommaBear (edited November 19, 2006).]

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