When I was diagnosed with cancer last year, I was shocked and horrified to discover that I would need to pay $1,500 for a prescription I couldn’t afford.
I’d been told that I had a low-risk form of cancer that required a few years of chemotherapy to bring it under control.
That wasn’t the case.
I was told that a low grade, but still high-risk, form of lung cancer needed a six-month course of chemotherapy.
But when I asked about the cost, the pharmacist didn’t give me an estimate.
Instead, she asked me for my credit card number.
When I told her I was at a loss for information, she said she was going to send me to the pharmacy where I could pick up a card.
She said I’d need to fill out a prescription for myself, but that she couldn’t do it.
I was in tears.
It was an emotional time for me and I wanted answers.
In the end, I decided to call the number on the card.
After all, the card was for someone else.
She told me I’d be charged $400.
When I called back, I told the pharmacy clerk that I needed more information and that I was looking for an answer.
She said she couldn.
I called back the next day and the clerk said she would call me back.
I told my story to her.
She didn’t answer.
Then, one day, I called her again.
This time, she was more accommodating.
But I was still devastated.
I asked, “What are you going to do about the bill?”
She told a lie.
I had two options.
I could just pay it and hope for the best, or I could file a lawsuit.
I chose the latter.
I thought it was important to take the time to explain the situation to my husband, who is a lawyer.
I explained to him what had happened to me and my husband was able to understand my concerns.
I said that I didn’t think I’d get paid, that I wanted the money back.
My husband’s support helped me through this difficult time and we are now in the process of filing a lawsuit against the pharma.
I am very proud of my husband for his help and support.
I am hopeful that we can bring this matter to the attention of all the Canadian pharmacies that sell health-care products to Canadians.