February 26, 2020 Blogs

I have to choose which prescriptions to fill.

My name is Donna Mitchell and I am a longtime Mississippi resident. I have worked at a local warehouse for over 17 years, and in that time I’ve become very involved in our community here in Pascagoula. I was born here and love the state, particularly being able to go camping and fishing whenever I’d like. 

Unfortunately, my ability to enjoy the outdoors has decreased due to my health. I have asthma, COPD, and pain issues, for which my doctors have prescribed me countless medicines. Along with the fear I have regarding my declining health, I also have to worry about the high cost of my medicine.

I live on a fixed income, so when I’m told at the pharmacy counter my medication will cost me $90, my anxiety flares. I need the Incruse and Breo Ellipta inhalers in order to be able to breathe, but I just can’t afford them at all. My doctor used to give me samples, but he can’t do that anymore so I have to do without. With my budget, I can only afford $70 of medications a month, so I have to choose between my depression, my breathing, and my pain medication. Every month it’s tough to have to pick and choose, but it’s a situation I’ve been forced into at the hands of drug company prices.

I am 65 and know that my health will not be getting any better. There are countless other seniors in the same position as me, so I am sharing my story for all of us. Patients need to be able to afford the medications that are prescribed by their caregivers.


Patients For Affordable Drugs is the only independent national patient organization focused exclusively on achieving policy changes to lower the price of prescription drugs.