April 29, 2024 Blogs

Carolyn Crouch’s Story

Hello, my name is Carolyn Crouch and I am a retired 70-year-old resident of Fredericksburg, Virginia. 

In 2015, I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (Afib), pulmonary embolism, and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). For this, I was prescribed Eliquis with an out-of-pocket cost of about $600 a month. I cannot afford the copay amount required. So, I have had to use GoodRx to afford my prescription or ask my doctor for samples to adhere to the medication regimen. 

Since I cannot financially afford Eliquis at this time, I have been relying on samples or simply not taking the medication when I am out of free pills. If I had to buy the medication, it would cost me around $600-$900 for a 90-day supply. I am putting myself at risk of getting a blood clot the longer I go without my medication. 

I therefore believe in lower drug prices because it is the right human thing to do. No one should be able to become rich off someone else’s medical conditions or suffering. Prescription drugs are meant to make people healthier.


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