Cost of Lyme disease drug doxycycline skyrockets
Vineyard Gazette, Massachusetts, Sept. 24, 2015:
By Steve Myrick
The cost of doxycycline, an antibiotic routinely prescribed for treatment of Lyme disease, has skyrocketed in recent months, causing consternation among Island medical and veterinary providers as well as health care consumers who foot the bills.
The retail price of doxycycline increased from about three cents per pill, to more than $5 per pill over the past 18 months, according to local doctors and pharmacists. The generic antibiotic is prescribed to some 5,000 patients on Martha’s Vineyard each year and is the first choice among doctors to treat most tick-borne illnesses.
The dramatic cost increase has angered health care professionals and patients. In some cases, it caused doctors to change the way they treat their patients. READ MORE.
- September 25, 2015 at 11:42 am
It’s all MONEY.
My life (our lives) is hanging in the balance and all they care about is money.
I already have no way to seek medical care but add this evil in the mix and I might as well die now because I don’t see any way possible to ever receive care.
I can’t take the greed anymore.
They will burn in hell.
I will be in Heaven because I am already living my hell. http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/slippingaway
- September 25, 2015 at 5:19 pm
I am so very sorry for the situation you are in. The situation for Lyme patients is getting worse and you are a victim. Living with our Lyme is bad enough, torture 24/7, but add Morgellons to that and it is beyond unthinkable.
Just to add to the list of medications. Good old burn cream, silver sulfadiazine, went from about $7 for 400g to almost $70 dollars. My insurance used to pay for all my medications. Now it won’t pay for blood thinner (docs have a fit when I substitute nattokinase, but they don’t have to pay the bill, and I feel better anyway), usodiol (can’t afford it), armour thyroid (price gone up 4 or 5 times). My insurance only pays for Halcion now. But we are forced to take Part D, or there is a penalty. Part D, all of it is just another tax. We took medicare that is supposed to pay 100%. Now if we have any procedures the hospital sends us a bill, even thought we didn’t know what or how much they were going to charge us. I have so far refused to pay. The hospital says, the government, medicare told them it was OK to bill us, even though up until this year everything in the hospital, procedure, operation, whatever, was totally paid for. I am incensed about this. Dirty pool is going on. Pretty soon asprin will be $50 a bottle. Permit more companies to be able to make drugs, and the price will drop real quick. We need some real competition. Don’t let them holler patent. I have even seen natural substances (grown in the ground, or in the sea) patented. Patents should expire in a reasonable amount of time, and natural substances should never be patented. CRIME!!! against humanity.
I had my Lyme treatment jerked by criminal establishment medicine in 2008, so you can imagine what I go through daily.
- September 25, 2015 at 10:47 pm
Will they just let us all die?
Will they realize the torment they put us through?
WHEN WILL THEY HEAR OUR CRIES?
When will our lives stop being destroyed?
When will we stop feeling pain?
WHEN WILL THIS INHUMANE TREATMENT END?
Jesus said to take care of the poor, the sick, the hungry.
And the US is supposed to have been founded on religion?
That has long since been taken over by greed & the almighty dollar.
Corporations, drug companies, powerful politicians, they all control us but we still vote for them again and again.
It has gone too far now with Lyme disease and Morgellons disease.
THIS INSANITY, THIS INJUSTICE, THIS CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY MUST END!
For families, for innocent victims of a tick bite, for children that can’t play, for mother’s unable to care for their child, for families that watch your life crumble.
They have no idea the hell, the torure, the loss of everything you worked your entire life for in the blink of an eye.
Our cries go unheard.
NO ONE FEELS OUR TEARS IN A CONSTANT DRIP ONTO HURTING SKIN.
- September 26, 2015 at 1:53 pm
You have been heard by a fellow Lyme patient. I do hope those who could help us hear. So very well put.
- February 22, 2018 at 3:28 pm
Read Stephen buhner book. Very good combination of herbs. Heal lyme after a while. Helping me. Meningitis type severe pain.
- February 22, 2018 at 9:49 pm
Joy Wisner — I am so very glad for those for whom Buhner’s herbs work. They do not work for me one little tiny bit. Tried them. A whole bottle, when you are supposed to take a few drops had zero affect. Oh I titrated and when a few drops had no effect, I just kept upping the dose until I just drank that whole $75 bottle all at once. No effect at all. But I know people who herx with only one drop. Lyme be weird and as much as we are alike in so many ways, we are also different too. There are so many treatments, so we have to try everything. It is a total CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY to hike the prices of life-saving medications. The deep state is doing all it can to kill us off, plain and simple.
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