April 8, 2020 Blogs

I spend hundreds of dollars each month.

I’m Wendy Moffitt and I am a 40-year-old resident of Bismarck, North Dakota. I am a diabetic with both cardiovascular and pulmonary issues as well. I am disabled and can no longer work.

My prescriptions cost $7,000 per month. Some of these include Tresiba, Novolog, Jardiance, Breo Ellipta, Ventolin, Combivent, and gabapentin. I’m on over a dozen different pills a day and I was just put on four more for cyclic vomiting, a new condition I was diagnosed with. Thankfully, my doctor and I have worked hard to ensure that these medications are a good fit for me, so they are effective. 

As you can guess, the costs of these medications adds up. Although I do have Medicare, not everything is covered. I spend hundreds of dollars out of pocket each month to get my medications, and I yearn for a life in which I could worry less about my budget. I live on a fixed income, so paying for my medications really hits my pocketbook. There have even been times where I have had to ration my medication because I simply couldn’t afford it all.

I am not asking for these medications to be free –– I am just asking that the prices be more reasonable. Drug manufacturers should lower the prices of their medications so that patients like me can afford to take them as they’re prescribed.


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