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COSTLY MEDICINE

by Annie Korzen

July 5, 2011 | 11:50 am

I had a buzzing in my ears, and the doctor gave me a prescription for a nasal spray.  When the pharmacist told me it would cost $135, I was one flabbergasted frugalista!  This was not a medicine that the doctor guaranteed would cure me.  It was more a case of ‘Try this.  It might help.”  I didn’t find that reassuring enough to make a three-figure investment. 

The sympathetic pharmacist confided that he orders his mother’s medications from Canada from Jan Drugs.  www.jandrugs.com I contacted them and their price was around $90, as was my Medco prescription plan.  I was getting crankier and crankier, and finally decided to call the doctor to see if there were any other options.  The nurse who picked up was as outraged as I was, and he kindly offered to put aside some free samples for me.

So I went from $135 to zero.  Not bad, don’t you think?  I guess it never hurts to ask.  Especially since the spray didn’t help.  I eventually got rid of the tinnitus by seeing a hypnotist.

 

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Annie Korzen is a comedy writer and performer. Her humorous essays have been printed in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and more. She has...

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