Self-Care Challenge (Day 267): Asking Questions

Epipen injector

It pays to ask a lot of questions.

The truth is, many things in life aren’t what they seem on the surface; sometimes you have to dig deeper.

Fortunately, asking questions has come pretty easily for me. As an only child, I notoriously asked a LOT of questions. I’m sure the adults in my life would agree. I was incessant. In fact, each question was usually followed by my classic question: Why?  

I’m sure it was frustrating for them, but asking lots of questions has paid off for me over the years.

After learning recently that there was a generic version of the EpiPen available, I became my own advocate to figure out how to get my hands on one.

First, I contacted my doctor to obtain a prescription refill for the “generic” version. Next, I obtained quotes from my insurance company to determine what my out-of-pocket expenses should be for the generic version. And finally, I called the pharmacy to verify the quoted cost from the insurance company and to determine whether they had the generic version in stock.

As it turns out, my out-of-pocket cost for the generic epinephrine auto-injector totaled just $5 with insurance ($449.99 if I didn’t have insurance), compared to the $100 copay (or $735.09 price tag without insurance) for the Mylan-branded EpiPen.

(Does anyone else see a problem with this variance, by the way?)

After a few back-and-forths with the pharmacy (yes, they first tried to fill the script with the Mylan brand…um, just no), I was all set with my reasonably priced refill.

Had it not been for a post on Facebook, I wouldn’t have even known the generic version existed. I had been considering the syringe option – which I am fully aware comes with its own set of risks, and I was glad I didn’t have to go down that road.

Asking questions helps us make informed decisions that often support multiple dimensions of our health.

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2 thoughts on “Self-Care Challenge (Day 267): Asking Questions

  1. Brendan Murphy says:

    Hi Stacy,
    I’m a big fan of generic pharmaceuticals – I have used asthma products for myself and my children and not noticed any drop in quality or efficacy.
    Thanks for sharing your journey, new here.
    Bren

    • Stacy Fisher-Gunn
      Stacy Fisher-Gunn says:

      Thanks for taking time to add a comment, Bren. I agree, we are paying outrageous amounts for brand name drugs that are no more effective than generics in this country. I guess the same could be said for a lot of other things too (canned soup, for example), but the cost differential is just so small in comparison.

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