Like so many families with children this time of year (Winter/Spring Flu Season), I spend quite a bit of time at the pediatricians office. Most of the time it’s pretty routine: bring my sick kid into the doctor’s office; the doctor checks his lungs, eyes, ears, nose and throat; if there is sign of infection, she will prescribe an antibiotic(s) and then send us on our way.
On Wednesday, it was a pretty routine appointment: we left with two prescriptions- one for an ear infection and the other for bacterial conjunctivitis- aka “pink eye”. However, there was one thing different this time, the doctor gave us a coupon for the pink eye medication, telling us that the drug would cost no more than $20 dollars.
Here’s the coupon:
What happened next was a series of battles between the pediatricians office and our local Walgreens over that coupon. Turns out, the coupon wouldn’t process correctly and that “pink eye” medication (brand name called Moxeza) wasn’t covered by my insurance. And if I wanted it, the drug would cost me a whopping $147.00 out of pocket.
The pharmacist assured me that there were many alternatives suitable for treatment of children with “pink eye”. The simple solution to the problem would be a new prescription for a drug covered by my insurance.