March 30, 2020 Blogs

I was stuck deciding which medicines I could pay for.

My name is Barry Lauritzen and I am a resident of Twin Falls, Idaho. I am a recovery coach and I’m passionate about being of help in my community. 

A few years back, I lost coverage from my Medicare provider without adequate notice. Because of that, I was stuck for a year deciding which medicines I could pay for out of pocket, and which ones I would have to stop taking, or ration. I had to stop taking my antidepressants, which were keeping me stable. I need my antidepressants — because mental health is just as important as physical health. 

Unfortunately, it wasn’t just my mental health that was affected by high medicine costs.

I was forced to let go of one of my blood pressure medicines, Lisinopril. As a man with considerable cranial vascular damage, this was concerning for me. And it took a year before I could afford to get back on my medications. This was an incredibly difficult year that took a great toll on my health, and I wouldn’t wish this hardship upon anyone.

That is why I am speaking out about this issue. Patients deserve to be able to afford the medications they need, and I know I’m not the only one struggling with this issue.


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