Posted 30 January 2015 - 12:13 PM
Obamacare did change my retiree plan, In that my former 35 year employer, Lockheed Martin, has chosen to dump their excellent retiree medical plan, forcing retirees, which includes me, to insure through a medical exchange (Obamacare).
Donut hole? what donut hole? there was no donut hole cost .. Lockheed Martin retirees were covered thru the donut hole ... there was no added cost for Gleevec, or any TKI, for that matter. We didn't need to subscribe to Medicare D.
My copays for Gleevec totaled $130 for the entire year, and it has been that way for the last 5 years, even though the price of Gleevec went from $3900/mo in Oct., 2009, for a 30 day 400mg Rx, to just shy of $10,000/mo. now.
We are well aware that Gleevec will go generic next year, and that the donut hole will go to zero in 5 years.
Regardless, the cost of drugs, to me, especially Gleevec, generic, or not, is going to skyrocket, and that's the bottom line.
The fear of Obamacare was that employers would dump their existing medical coverages and force employees to insure through exchanges. For me, it just hit home. But, it's really a boom for health insurers.
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For the benefit of yourself and others please add your CML history into your Signature
02/2010 Gleevec 400mg
2011 Two weakly positives, PCRU, weakly positive
2012 PCRU, PCRU, PCRU, PCRU
2013 PCRU, PCRU, PCRU, weakly positive
2014 PCRU, PCRU, PCRU, PCRU (12/07 began dose reduction w/each continuing PCRU)
2015 300, 250, 200, 150
2016 100, 50/100, 100, 10/17 TFR
2017 01/17 TFR, 04/18 TFR, 07/18 TFR 0.0012, 08/29 TFR 0.001, 10/17 TFR 0.000
2018 01/16 TFR 0.0004 ... next quarterly PCR 04/17
At the earliest opportunity, and whenever possible, lower your TKI dosage; TKIs are toxic drugs and the less we take longterm the better off we are going to be ... this is especially true for older adults.
In hindsight I should have started my dosage reduction two years earlier; it might have helped minimize some of the longterm cumulative toxic effects of TKIs that I am beset with.
longterm side-effects Peripheral Artery Disease - legs (it's a bitch); continuing shoulder problems, right elbow inflammation. GFR and creatinine vastly improved after stopping Gleevec.
Cumulative Gleevec dosage estimated at 830 grams
Taking Gleevec 400mg an hour after my largest meal of the day helped eliminate the nausea that Gleevec is notorious for.
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