Maureen has a history of issues with blood clots. Her doctor started her on Warfarin, but then changed her prescription to Eliquis, which is overall considered a better drug. Maureen went through her first round of Eliquis, and when she went for her refill she was asked to pay $400.
Maureen went back to her doctor, who facilitated a conversation with the drug maker that resulted in Maureen getting Eliquis at a reduced price the rest of the year. However, when she went to pick up her prescription the following January, the price was back up to $400. She can now either pay $150 per month, or $400 every three months.
According to Maureen, Eliquis has no active competition, so “you either pay it or you take your marbles and go home.”
Maureen will be taking blood thinners for the rest of her life. She lives check to check on Social Security. “Funding Big Pharma was not in my Social Security budget plan, yet here I am. Drug prices are life-changing, and not in a good way.”