In preparation for my upcoming fight with hyperemesis gravidarum, I went ahead and had my full Zofran script filled. I dropped it off yesterday and then picked it up (part of it anyway) today. No, I’m not pregnant yet. We are going overseas for a couple of weeks, though, and I’m stealing the motto from the Boy Scouts. I’m going prepared. I wanted a few days worth of Zofran to pack into my travel kit, which basically will contain all of my first level HG defense items. Unisom, PrimaBella band, B6, pepcid, ginger, etc.
Yes. I will be a walking pharmacy.
So at any rate, while I was getting the script filled, I asked the pharmacists assistant if she could tell me how much this would have cost without insurance. I was morbidly curious.
She tapped a bit at her computer. Tapped a bit more. Got a weird look on her face and tapped a few more times.
“Ma’am,” she said, “It’s just over $2000.”
I said, “Oh, s***.”
And the promptly apologized for cursing. She explained that she had been pretty surprised when I handed her the script. Usually doctors only write for 8 pills at a time or 8 pills per month. That’s all most insurance is willing to cover.
Imagine? Having hyperemesis gravidarum and only being allowed 8 pills at a time? That’s 2 days. Not enough to do diddly for you. What a cruel, cruel joke. The sad part is, I know women in the online community who deal with this. Regularly.
$2000. For a 25 day supply. And that’s the generic. The full prescription is for 100 pills of 8mg ODT Zofran (aka Ondansetron). You do the math on this one. Thank God for our medical insurance.
In only slightly related news, I received more shocking information this week. Shocking in a good way. My sublingual B6 arrived! The local health food store was finally able to find it. They ordered it, and I picked it up last night. Success! It, thankfully, did not cost $2000.