As all or almost all heart transplant patients, I am on immunosuppressants to prevent my body from rejecting my heart. These medications are not cheap, by any means. I remember back to the days before I was released from my transplant center that my wife was out gathering up all of the prescriptions I was going to be on when I went home. I had to have a 30 day supply of everything before I was released. At that time, my insurance didn’t cover a 30 day supply, so she paid some where north of $4,000 for my meds. Later, my insurance kicked in and my out-of-pocket expenses dropped drastically.
Last winter my mail order drug company decided to change the source one of my anti-rejecton meds (generic Cellcept) from one manufacturer to another. This is a BIG NO-NO with my center. They want our meds to come from a constant and reliable source. So, while this was being sorted out, I ended up holding the bag, so to speak, of A LOT of medication I CAN’T use. Now, granted it only cost me $10 out-of-pocket, but it cost the company I worked for about $1,400.
I’ve tried to give this stuff away, but due to the way it was packaged (not tamper proof, sealed containers) I legally (Ohio law) can’t give it away, nor can any center accept it.
So, it looks like I’ll eventually have to throw away 1,080 capsules, of 250mg of generic Cellcept.
What a shame, what a waste!!