So, I started taking an anti-depressant in November called Viibryd.
While I’ve had mixed feelings about its effectiveness, my doctor has assured me that it’s the correct drug for me and that it’s the correct dose. It has helped over the months. It just hasn’t helped to the extent that I want it to, and it has a rather unfortunate side effect for me. Well, two side-effects. Though my doctor thinks one of them isn’t the drug.
Anyways, I’m getting ready to move at the end of this month, and I also have about 14 days left of the medication.
Prior to my insurance expiring, I went to the pharmacy and asked if they could refill it for me early, so I could have insurance pay for it before the insurance expired. They agreed. However, they said that they would have to order it in because of the fact that I take the highest dose, and they don’t keep it on the shelf.
That’s been normal for me for the past however many months. Because it is the highest dose, they order it in and I come back the next weekend to get it.
Well, I ordered it on May 29th. I did this because my insurance expired on May 31. The pharmacy pushed the payment through and I was just going to have to pay the ‘filling fee’ when I came to pick them up – which is the difference of like $400. The next weekend I called before I went down there, and the pharmacist told me it hadn’t come in yet, so I could not pick it up. He asked for two more days
Since I only go there on weekends, that meant I would go down this weekend.
Thinking it had been two weeks and that was plenty of time, I went down there today without calling ahead.
Viibryd isn’t there.
The pharmacist told me that he’s been notified by the manufacturer that due to production issues, it’s on back order ‘until further notice’. The ‘until further notice’ part is what worries me, as this drug isn’t something that people just dole out here, it’s more of a rarity. It’s not like escitalopram, which is more commonly prescribed. My pharmacist has told me that I’m only one of two people at the pharmacy who takes it, and that the other only takes 10 mg dose, so that’s why he always has to order mine special. I live in a city of 1.4 million, I have no idea how many people use my pharmacy but I’m guessing just two people taking one medication makes it more of a rarity.
Until further notice.
What options do I have?
Well, anything I do now is going to be more expensive, due to the fact that since it’s not my dose, they’ll have to cancel the prescription going through my insurance that expired May 31. I won’t have insurance for anything I do now and without insurance, and proper dose, these are usually around $400. That’s going to hurt the bank account.
The pharmacy told me that he doesn’t carry the next lowest dose either, he actually only carries the minimum dose. He told me that he wouldn’t have enough to give me 4x as many of the minimum dose, so he cannot fill it. He asked me to call around to different pharmacies to see if I could find it and that he’d send my prescription there.
I called twelve pharmacies today.
All of them carry only the minimum dose, and none of them carry enough to give me 4x the minimum dose to be the equivalent of what I take.
So what are my options?
Also, buying four times as many pills at a lower dose is more expensive than paying for my regular dose. So, great… love that for me.
What do I do?
Go back to the doctor and get a second prescription so I can get this filled at multiple pharmacies? Start breaking my pills in half now to slowly ween myself down? My doctor won’t like it if I tell her I am doing that. I can’t exactly wait until I run out to find out what “until further notice” means. Especially since the pharmacist I normally get it from told me he can’t even tell me what he thinks it means.
Honestly, the amount of struggle this drug has caused in my life since November, some days I wonder if it’s even worth the benefit it’s giving me.