The 1200% Increase in my Prescription Drug Costs

In which Hank is pissed off because the price of his prescription drugs went up 1200% in one month. So he asks nerdfighteria to write a nice letter to Roger Boissonneault at If you could ask him why the price went up so much, why the program expired four months early, and why no effort was made to contact my doctor about these dramatic changes, that would be fantastic. Also, whatever else you want to say. I feel a little bit like this was a heroin deal “first time’s free” kind of thing. Apparently, drug companies have the same marketing strategies as drug dealers…nice to know they’re in such good company.
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25 thoughts on “The 1200% Increase in my Prescription Drug Costs”

  1. We don’t have these problems in Canada. The reason America doesn’t have our health care system is because the rich don’t want to wait in the hospital with the poor. The rich want to walk in a hospital and go past the waiting room filled with poor people and flip them off.

  2. @SHALYN8 hahahah i think it is. i didnt make the post on Urban Dictionary. i just Googled Warner Chilcot and it came up with the link 🙂

  3. I generally try and avoid falling into the “our way is better than yours” trap of cultural ignorance, but seriously America this is ridiculous. Summed up here, in 4 minutes flat, is all the evidence any sensible person should ever need in order to realise it’s time you joined the rest of the civilised world and nationalised your health care. At the very least you need better regulation of private health care to stop this sort of shit happening. It’s absolutely disgusting.

  4. I no longer have insurance which is a huge problem bc I take three daily medicines. Had to stop taking one bc I cannot afford it. it’s a sad world we will live wherein money buys health.

  5. I really appreciate this video because I too have ulcertive colitis, but unfortunately I can barely afford my medication and I am constantly fighting to keep my symptoms under control. I’m barely able to afford doctors visits or the occasional hospital stay when symptoms out of hand. It was really nice to see someone who was also going through my struggle and understand. Thank you, Hank Green for the wonderful post of this video. Stay awesome :]

  6. @trailstar1 Yeah, we can hardy complain.. But I’m British so I’m going to anyway.

    I haven’t had to buy a prescription in my entire life, but I just turned 19 so now I have to pay even though I’m still in full-time education… I must have had about 100 prescriptions over the last 2 years (all free), though I won’t need so many now but it’ll still probably be worth buying the certificate for about £100 that gives you one year unlimited prescriptions…

  7. Dude, I so get you. I have chronic pancreatitis. To keep working, living, making a life I have to control the pain. That’s my life in a nutshell (often literally, muahahaha), pain control. My meds went from about $50 a month to over $350 a month in one fell swoop. Of course that was an insurance company a****ck, but it didn’t feel any better. Hang in there!

  8. I live with my sister and her boyfriend, and he’s got Crohn’s, which has connections to UC. He doesn’t take his meds… because they are too expensive.
    This problem is out of control. We should start a revolution!

  9. In Britain prescriptions are £7 or free to those over 60 or on low income.
    Not trying to rub it in…just saying…

  10. I also have UC, and I know the crap (pun lol) that comes along with dealing with it and medications.
    I really hope the best to you and i know the feeling and im gonna write my letter in the morning 🙂

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  12. The American healthcare system’s pretty messed up my mum spent her teenage years there, she suffers from a disease that was suspected to kill her when she was only 30, she was only covered in one state, a road trip is not a good place to into kidney failure, the police had to drive back to new jersey, or the hospital wouldn’t treat it, although she didn’t die, she could have, however disorganized and chaotic the NHS is, it does save lives, for free, healthcare should be a human right imo anyway.

  13. My dad has Ulcerative Colitis and also uses Asacol. However, we live in Britain- where healthcare is free. This is why America needs a National Health System.

  14. Have you seen this radio show This American’s Life show on this issue? In summary, for people who have health insurance (do you?) copays give the patient a basic idea of the cost of medicine. Therefore you’ll choose a drug that costs the insurance company $50 instead of $500 if they both work because Drug A will cost $10 and Drug B will cost $50 in copays. Discount cards get rid of the difference in copays. It would be best to buy the Apriso and not allow Waren Chilcott to win.

  15. “…but you’ll probably just take my word for it”
    Looks up from keyboard “Sorry what was that , was looking at the wikipedia entry’

  16. I didn’t know you had ulcerative colitis, got totally shocked when I watched this video randomly. I’ve got Crohn’s disease and my dad and my grandmother has ulcerative colitis, shitty disease :p

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