Self-Care Challenge (Day 267): Asking Questions

Epipen injector

It pays to ask a lot of questions.

The truth is that things aren’t always as they seem on the surface, and sometimes you have to dig deeper to uncover all of your options.

Fortunately, asking questions has always come pretty easily for me. As an only child, I notoriously asked a LOT of questions. The adults in my life would probably say that I was incessant. Each question was usually followed by another 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 recently learning that there was a generic version of the EpiPen available, I found myself trying to navigate the system to understand my options.

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. And finally, I called the pharmacy to verify the cost and 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 without insurance) that they would have charged me for the Mylan-branded EpiPen.

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

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.

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

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.

    • 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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