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8/28/2014 1:00:00 PM
Letters to the editor: Seniors beware of the 'donut hole'

The Part D Medicare prescription drug plan has a provision that after you spend the drug companies’ list price of $2,850 for your drugs in a year, you fall into what I call the “donut hole pit”. Since the list price is extremely high especially for non-generic drugs, it is rather easy to exceed the $2,850 list price.

Since I am approaching the donut hole pit, I called my drug provider. They informed me that the list price of the next batch of Aggrenox (180 pills, a three-month supply) is $978.46, which requires me to pay $448.03 because I am in the “donut hole”.  I normally pay $105 for a three-month supply. Needless to say, I was appalled but that is how the system works.

Although it is illegal to purchase prescription drugs from Canada, I contacted a Canadian pharmacy to check on the price of a 90-day supply of Aggrenox. The discounted price for a 90-day supply of Aggrenox is $131.96. The savings is hundreds of dollars when you are in the donut hole.

Why is there such a law that makes it illegal to buy prescription drugs from any foreign source? What about the market determining prices in our private enterprise system. Why are the list prices of prescription drugs so high? It’s as simple as the nose on our faces. The drug companies have given so much money to the Senators and Congressman that our democracy has been bought by the special interests in the drug industry. Sadly, it really doesn’t matter what party is in charge, the outcome is the same. Campaign donations from large drug companies are buying our democracy.

You can cough up any rebuttal you like but this example really shows how the American democracy is paid for by the special interests.

I am an older guy and have been around the block a few times…start looking at the political leaders who are willing to solve some of these problems and vote accordingly.

I’m not done yet. Some have indicated that the quality of drugs manufactured outside the United States may have quality issues. When I hear words like “some” or “many” I have to step back and say what exactly does that mean?

The Aggrenox I take and purchase through my prescription drug plan is made in Germany. Some or many people would say that could be a problem…I’m not one of them.

David Znavor

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, September 4, 2014
Article comment by: ronwood61

Metalworker, what is your point. You ramble all over the place so I wonder if you wrote this after coming home from your "happy hour".

Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2014
Article comment by: METALWORKER

I know your pain sir.
The ACA is working to stop that as is Pres. Obama.
Do you vote, sir?
Are you a "T" party member?
Are you a vet?
Do you have other Ins.?
If a person has employer based ins. should they pay income tax on the premiums and the cost of drugs?
Should there be employer based health ins. or single payer? Which would you choose?
If the government provides grants to drug cos. to do research, should the bennies. of that be then be free to the public?
A lot of questions, no.
Good ones? You decide. You are paying for those drugs and the premium on part D so I will ask you again, DO YOU VOTE? DID YOU VOTE in the past? If not perhaps you should have.

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