Blog Entries With Tag: Costo

Posted: Aug 23, 2011
Well, I just noticed I haven't written in awhile. It's difficult in the summer time (which is a short season here in Canada) to want to sit inside and stare at a screen.  Between sailing on Jenna's Journey and testing out our new wheels on our '97 Boxster that we bought as a mutual birthday / anniversary pressie - we've been having fun!!!  Reason for the car purchase?  We originally wanted to buy a bigger motorcycle, but after a few deaths this year of close friends on their motorcycles, we decided to not get a bigger bike and lucked in on this car. It was actually cheaper then purchasing a used motorcycle.  So, come next month - look out for us along the eastern coast of the USA as we head to Rhode Island for the Newport boat show.

Now, onto what I really want to write about.

The past few years, my pharmacy that I've dealt with for 22 years has been goofing around with my prescriptions.  Mainly losing my renewal prescriptions from my doctors who are difficult to see at times.  I actually thought I was doing a good thing in getting duplicates from the two doctors I see - but now understand that here in Quebec - that when a new prescription renewal is handed to the pharmacist - it cancels out any previous repeats from another doctor.  News to me - but scary - when I'd go to request my diabetes supplies and am told ... "you have no renewals - you have to see your doctor to obtain more insulin / blood strips / etc.".  I actually had to go to Ontario one time in order to purchase insulin without a prescription!  Luckily it's only an hours drive from where I live in Quebec - but still - to go that route too often could become abit tiresome (and expensive with cost of fuel).

So, a few weeks ago, I called up to reorder some prescriptions.  I walked over to the drug store (I will miss this bit) - and was told - "we have everything available - except your Novorapid!"  I was having to do a cartridge refill on my pump that night and needed that insulin (I do have backup pen refills - but those are for emergency use only or when I go on a pump break).  They told me they'd have it the next day except that didn't sit well with me. 

I went outside for a few minutes - calmed down - then went back in asking if they had my files all in order as I was going to remove all my business from them to Costco - where I could purchase my insulin and other supplies for almost 1/3 of what I paid at this pharmacy (thanks to Nel Peach for informing me to shop around).  They told me that there would be no problem and didn't even try to win me back.

So, I'm now with the big store of Costco - which I really wish I didn't have to be with mainly as I now have to drive to pick up my supplies - but the cost is lower which is a good thing. They've also  explained things to me that make sense and it's all in English which is even better.  Apparently the files that were sent to them are abit strange in some of the prescription info.  So for now they'll honour my word as to what I use and requested I have my GP who I luckily see next week write out a prescription for all the drugs I use for my diabetes!  The other pharmacy would have never done this - but put all the blame on me - which I really annoyed me to no end.

Even better, a BP pill I take the Costco pharmacist said they could sell me a generic brand at 1/2 the price!  I was abit hesitant about this, but they promised me it would do the same thing.  This was never offered to me at the other pharmacy, to save money!

So, now looking ahead to retirement when I no longer have company benefits and may have to pay for my medications myself if the government plan doesn't cover all of what I use, I feel abit more at ease.  It's something I've always had to think about since starting to work fulltime at 19 - the cost of maintaining my health when I am no longer work.  How many young adults think of this at that age?  I did.  I've been very lucky that my Dad brought me up to put away money for my retirement even when I didn't have much, I found a way.  Hopefully between my government / company pensions that I will receive - along with my savings - I should do alright if I continue with up front establishments like what I am now going to.

Best wishes to PROXIM Maire-Jolimise Gourdet Pharmacy - you will no longer be seeing me as a faithful client ever again!
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