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Posted: Oct 15, 2014

Have you ever had a heart to heart talk with your pharmacist who delivers your “legal” drugs? I know that a few of my American D-mates only deal with online pharmacies – and I’ve always wondered about that – other than them telling you you’re not covered by your insurance – do you ever have a chat with someone who is wondering why you take the meds you do to maintain your health and knows what your talking about?

While I find the right dose with Synthroid for my thyroid aka Hashimoto disease  (hi yaaaa - karate chop to the head!!!!).  I’ve been requesting my GP to increase my dosage to get myself to a level of TSH that makes me feel happy – and she’s willing to go along with me as I experiment <lol> - which was my reason for my pharmacy visit at Costco today). I decided at the same time to order up some fast acting insulin since I was getting low on my current bottle (I only order up 1 at a time). I use NovoRapid, which I’ve been using for as long as I can remember, whenever it came onto the market (remember – I’ve been thru’ many vials since ’67 – I don’t have the memory to retain all the various types over those years – there’s better things to remember than … which one was I using back in 1984 – and who knows – some of you will remember what you used – me … nope … I just remember my fav bevy … Brador beer from across the river in Hull in the disco days – “ I want action – I got so much to give – I love the night life – I got to boogie “ .....

I paid up for all my goodies (of course – who doesn’t want to throw in a few bottles of test strips – let’s get the party going – whoot! whoot! long live the punctured fingertip). Then the cashier told me that the pharmacist wanted to talk to me before they handed over what I'd just paid for. Hmmm, only time they’ve done that is for a new med. What could it be?

Apparently, the pharmacist couldn’t understand why I had long lasting insulin on my file. I explained the story of George Michael – my Animas 2020 pump – being out of warranty – dying on Dec 31/15  - no longer using him when I went on airline trips with no warranty, etc. and having to resort to using the old – bend over –throw the dart aka needle into your behind like a pro dart player!!! Bull’s eye!!!  Along with my trial with Levemir insulin for my long lasting regime - which I didn't do so well with due to allergic reactions (that was new to her - and she was very interested).


All over, it was a very interesting discussion for us both - I learned a few things about her trade - and she too about what I do within the diabetic community aka DOC. She said she only knows what she learned at school about Type 1 diabetes – and talking to me – made her appreciate what we go through – and what works for each of us (no one system works for another person – we are all different with our control of our health).

And with this short little blog – I bid you adieu for the evening – while I prepare to head to Jenna’s Journey tomorrow – to put her to sleep for the winter months on her comfy little cradle that will keep her upright out of the water. It’s been a busy past few weeks getting her prepared for the winter. I am not looking forward to the next 8 months on dry land as you can tell. Sigh – dreaming already of next year’s adventures on her.

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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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Posted: Sep 1, 2009

Eli Lilly has increased their income threshold for their free patient assistance program (Lilly Cares) from 200% to 300% of poverty level.  The program covers most Lilly products including insulin.  The phone number is 1-800-545-6962.

Some of the eligibility requirements include:

  • Patients must be U.S. residents
  • Total yearly income at or below 300% of the Federal Poverty Level. For example: $44,000 or less for a family of two.
  • No other prescription drug coverage. For example: private insurance, government: Medicaid, VA, Medicare Part D.

You will also need proof of income:

  • First page of your federal tax return for prior tax year. (1040 or 1040EZ tax form)
  • Any other source of income (examples include: Social Security income, pensions, unemployment, alimony, food stamps)
  • To complete an application:

    Blank applications may be downloaded from the Lilly Cares web site, or arrangements to receive an application by mail or fax may be made by calling 1–800–545–6962.

    Applications have both a patient section and a physician section, and both you and your physician must complete and sign your individual sections.

    Mail application and proof of income to:

      Lilly Cares
      PO Box 230999
      Centreville, VA 20120
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