Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Big Box O' Meds

Well, il est arrive.  I'm happy to report that the big box o' meds arrived without incident and no one screwed anything up too much, not even me.  My name is misspelled on the Rx...and not even my oft-missspelled first name.  {Is anyone's last name "Baxtra"?}  Anyway, I'm also happy report that the meds cost 1/2 of what I was originally quoted by the clinic.  This is kind of twisted because no one should be happy about 'only' having to pay 1800 bucks for medication. I think the clinic just wanted us to be ready to pay whatever the cost, and highballs the estimate to soften the blow...or something...or maybe some people do have to pay 3500 bucks because they've got more diagnoses then I do and thus, more meds.

Today is our final appointment prior to next Wednesday's start date.  Gregg actually has to have another sperm count (but not a semen analysis....there is a difference) today because of his recent fever.  That's right, it's back to THE BATHROOM for him.  I also have to have a blood pregnancy test  in spite of the fact that I've been on birth control without taking the blank pills for like 2 months and I've been bleeding for like 2 weeks.  Birth control pills are wonderful. Severe nausea and then non-stop bleeding! Lovely!  I have achieved a new level of compassion for the patients to whom I prescribe oral contraceptives. Barf-o-rama! 

Anyway, I feel that I have a duty to post my medication invoice because I know there is someone out there right now trying to squeeze every drop of information about real IVF medication costs from The Google and they aren't having much luck.  I've been there.  I have AvMed health insurance.  They covered some medications.  Guess which ones?  Yeah, the ones that cost under 20 bucks.  So I ended up having to pay 1-4 bucks for meds that originally only cost about 20 bucks.  Thanks AvMed! 

(an aside:  This whole process has periodically brought out the bitter middle classer in me.  Too rich and too poor all at once.  I could write entry after entry about my personal experiences with health insurance companies, but I don't want to become violent. Besides, I've already taken political action by writing to my senators and representatives in support of health insurance reform because those companies are making life miserable for people every single day, including me and many of my patients. So there! Oh darn, I got angry. Phooey! @#%&$#!) (apologies all around)

So...here's the list.  May the Great Goog serve that obsessed infertile well.  I know she's out there. 

Initial Out of Pocket IVF medication cost list for a first time IVF patient with AvMed

Schraft's  Specialty Pharmacy  {a division of Walgreen's} 8/09

Follistim AQ cartridge 300IU $249.00
Follistim AQ cartridge 600IU $498.00
Follistim AQ cartridge 900IU $747.00
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin 10,000 U $44.95
Leuprolide 1mg/0.2 ml (KIT) $99.00
Progesterone in olive oil 50mg/ml (2) $90.00
Ovidrel Micro 2.5 mcg (1) $75.29
Dexamethasone  0.5 mg (22) $4.15
Doxycycline Hyclate 100 mg (20) $4.73
Methylprednisone  4 mg (16) $8.64
Tetracycline 250 mg (16) $2.37
Diazepam  woot woot 10 mg (1) $1.81
syringes (60) $0.00
needles (23) $0.00

GRAND TOTAL $1824.94

Schraft's said they gave me a discount because I'm self pay, but I don't see where it is and when I called to ask, they wouldn't tell me.  I don't understand this, but okay.  They did give me free needles and syringes though.  I did not get a biohazard box, but I guess I could bring my used needles to work and dispose of them in the office's biohazard box, which would not be very nice.  It would be kind of like stealing office supplies because we pay the hazardous waste company by weight.  I'll think on it.  Maybe my IVF clinic will give me one.  I'm sure someone will explain to me why I got 60 syringes and only 23 needles.  

I have been chuckling (or is it cackling?) to myself about one aspect of this medication getting experience....the medications I have to take cost $1822.57, and Gregg? Gregg's medication? $ 2.37.   

BWAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Anyway....
I'm breaking my photo protocol. No flower photo, and more than 1 to boot.  Besides showing the impressive pile o' meds, I had to show Schrafts' logo and the cute picture on the bag o' needles which reminds me of my mom for some reason.  Something about pilgrims and bonnets...and also, the image is the nearly absolute antithesis of modernity, of which IVF is the near epitome.  What does Holly Hobby have to do with making humans in a petri dish?  That'll keep me busy for a while.  

           Yup, just waiting for the dumb 'ol stork to bring us a dumb 'ol baby hyukhyukhyuk. 

  Sure, he's cute, but he's a real pill pusher.

So is she.

I wrote this at 4:30 am.  The birth control pills give me nocturnal hot flashes....I can't imagine how I'll be sleeping when the Lupron induced menopause begins....oh crap, I just got nervous.  

6 comments:

  1. WooooHooooo! I hate that dumb stork. And that flower picking girl. But hey! You have DRUGS! That means it's happening soon!

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  2. It's some weird happiness to get the drugs isn't it? How bad is it to cheer to pay $1824 for one box? Hmm, I could do a lot with that at Macys or Target. My favorite med from my IVF #1 was baby aspirin! Yeah - $1.24 at Target. :D You are on your way!

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  4. I just found your blog and I am glad I did. I like your sense of humor. And Darjeeling Limited. I have been shooting up the Lupron for 10 days now in preparation for IVF #1. I hope it goes as easily for you as it has for me (so far... knock on wood!)

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  5. Hah hah! The stork!

    Pete's asthma medications cost me $130 yesterday. There is no justice in the medical world as far as costs go, though since children are expensive even when they are conceived typically, perhaps its even LESS fair to start you off poorer in the first place.

    Also, the insomnia thing has just become a natural, normal part of my life as a mother. Again--doesn't seem fair to make you START as a sleep-deprived woman.

    Paul and I are sending our thoughts your way!

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  6. Thank You so much for posting this... I just found out that my employer is changing our insurance from Aetna to Avmed. So after finding out my RE does not take Avmed I wanted to look more into IVF and Avmed. I really appreciate you posting your med costs. Also wanted to say Congratulations and thank you for giving me hope in my hopefully soon IVF cycle.

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