Drugs Are Awesome
Prescriptions, and more prescriptions
I went to the doctor recently, approximately six months after I supposed to have my annual checkup. My health insurance requires us to do blood work every year, so I pair this event with going to the doctor. I am prescribed a lot of medications at this annual visit. Two birds, one stone.
Lest you believe that I am a drug addict (or that I have serious medical or mental issues), I am none of the above. Well, I might be a little kooky, but not anything that I require medication for. I am not writing this newsletter today to get a sympathy vote.
I get a bunch of prescriptions for over-the-counter medications that cost 400% cheaper as a prescription. Ibuprofen, for example, costs like $10 for 90 200-mg pills. I can get 100 600-mg pills as a prescription for $1.25. I’m not sure if that is actually 400% cheaper, but I thought it sounded way cool that I save a bunch of money on over-the-counter meds. Other stuff Tylenol, Claritin, and allergy nasal sprays also have a prescription form.
I went to pick up said prescriptions from the pharmacy, and the woman behind the counter was doing some serious judging.
Woman: So you have … ten prescriptions to pick up? *gives side-eye*
Me: Yeah *nervous laughter*
Woman: Let me count them … ten. *says loud enough so everyone in line can hear*
Me: Yeah *more nervous laughter*
Woman: That will be … $12.56
Me: Thanks! Have a nice day! *keeps head low and walks out of the store very fast*
Okay, so this woman’s judging was probably all in my head. She is, after all, a pharmacy tech. She sees people who probably have three times as many meds as I do. And, some people have legitimate medical and psychiatric issues.
Also, she could probably read. Ibuprofen. Tylenol. Claritin. Nasal spray.
Rando woman with good insurance using her doctor to be cheap.
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A few weeks ago, I began a paid subscription model for my newsletter, where the above part (the funny part) is free and the informational part (the legal stuff) is paid. However, I decided that once a month (every four weeks), I would offer the informational stuff for free as well. So that all my free readers could see, for themselves, if the paid version is worthwhile.
I promised everyone a detailed look at mifepristone, which lands squarely on the “free” preview day. I’m going to try to do this without much politics, but if I sneak some in, please forgive me. My newsletter is an informational newsletter, something I believe is quite lacking with all these celebrity lawsuits and cray-cray politics.
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