Orveda Benton

Merritt Island, FL

“My prescription drug insurance company changes it’s list of preferred drug stores every year which makes it hard on the consumer as you have to move to another store. I have glaucoma and for years I used Alphagan 0.1% drops prescribed by my doctor. Two years ago my copay skyrocketed, and I was forced to switch to the generic drug, Brimonidine Tartrate 0.2%. Although these drops are stronger and harder on my eyes, the copay was affordable. Last year my copay was $6.00 for a 30-day supply. In January my preferred drug store was changed, and the copay for the same prescription went to $102.00. How is this possible I asked? The answer is “take it or leave it!” I live in an independent living facility where the rent is also increasing and something has to give as I cannot continue paying drugs, food and rent.”

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