Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Government Control

I know, what a combo, right?  EXACTLY.  That's the point.  There shouldn't BE a combo. Oh my FLIPPIN' word.

So I went on my marathon errand running spree alone on Monday (dumb, dumb, dumb), and after returning 100 bottles and cans (yes literally), I go to the pharmacy to get my PRESCRIBED Claritin-D that is no longer covered by my insurance because it's "over the counter."

First of all, to ME, over the counter is a medicine like Tylenol that you can walk into a store and buy without any hassle.  Secondly, the only way Claritin-D  is remotely "over the counter" is because there's a counter between me and my medicine!  I mean, hello, I have enough trouble breathing, and now I have to haggle to get my allergy medicine.

Sudafed works.  That's just the way it is.  Combined with loratadine (the main ingredient in Claritin) it works even better.  But because a few stupid junkies want to make a drug out of an allergy medication, I have to jump through hoops to get it.  So I ask the lady at WalMart how many are in the box.  She says, "10."  I take one a day.  So that's 10 days and I have to go through this all over again. (And God forbid you try to get it a day early!)  I ask if they have bigger boxes.  She says no. I ask if I can at least get 2 boxes then.  She says, "I'll try" all the while looking me up and down with her one crazy eye.  She waits a minute after scanning my license.  "Nope."  To which I shake my head and reply, "Once again the few ruin it for the many."  She just looked at me like, "I do not give a  crap just sign here." Nice.

Last time I tried to get it my Claritin I couldn't.  Why?  Because the GOVERNMENT said so.  Um, excuse me?  Yah.  They scan your driver's license now, and they go by milligrams per day, so some random computer connected to some random agency with the government tells some random pharmacy clerk that I can't have my allergy medicine. Why?  Because I might be making meth.  Yup, that's me.  Meth cook.  Are you FREAKING kidding me????  So because SOME people figured out how to make something illegal out of something totally normal, "normal" people pay the price. 

It makes me crazy.  Why the HELL should I be penalized because some crank head makes drugs?  A 15 year old can murder her unborn child with no parental consent, yet I can't buy ALLERGY medication without hassle?  What a joke.

People drive drunk all the time.  Why not scan everyone's license to see if they have any DUI's before selling them alcohol?  Oh, I know!  They shouldn't let fat people go to all you can eat buffets (I can say this because I'm fat).  After all, they are probably much more likely to require health care that they can't pay for if they keep getting fatter....so let's make a law about that too.

And, I've seen people spend half their paycheck on the lottery...why doesn't the government  limit that?  And cigarettes.  They cause cancer. Why aren't they just simply outlawed?  Take another decision away from people. 

It's just ridiculous.  Why the HELL do we allow this to continue?  Seriously!  I mean what's next?  Standing in line for bread?  Can you say Communism?  I can hear you now...."C'mon, really?  Aren't you blowing this a bit out of proportion?"

Am I?  Am I really?  Think about it.  The government is controlling my allergy medication.  The government, because I'm on disability, tells me which doctors I can and cannot go to.  The government takes over 20% of my husband's pay to pay taxes for crap WE don't support or agree with. The government dictates that we have to wear seatbelts in cars.  I'm not against wearing my seatbelt, don't misinterpret.  I'm just saying....the government is dangerously close to controlling every aspect of our lives.  They already control way too much.

Okay, I'll step off my soap box now.  I'm just so tired of it.  Like I have nothing better to do than run and get allergy medicine every 10 minutes.  Too bad we can't make STUPID ILLEGAL.  Oh, yah, then the government would be out of a job.

7 comments:

Heather G. said...

Completely agree, my dear friend. I also depend on Alegra-D, which is the same story. Pain in the butt! Nevermind the fact that they cost over $1 a pill now that they are "over the counter".
Love you!

Patty Ann said...

I also agree. Try and have a couple of friends get some for you. (your husband could get a box also) that way, at least you will get a supply. Can the doctor write a prescription giving you a months supply? I am on a different prescription for allergy meds and no pharmacy is currently carrying them. Don't know why either, but I am not happy because they work so well for me and now I have to switch.

Kerri said...

Heather...RIDICULOUS! I know! When insurance paid for them they didn't cost that much! ARG.

Patty Ann...I had a prescription... they do not care. There's only one pharmacy in town that carried the Claritin D because no one else wants to do all the paperwork. Doug has gotten some too...it's just ridiculous.

Rachel said...

It's totally crazy for sure!...Same thing with Mucinex-D...I clip the coupons and hold on to them until there's a sale... Very often Target is less expense than the chain drug stores or local pharmacies...
Good luck on your quest!

LBDDiaries said...

Great rant! Love it - they do it with the foods we eat, too. Or dictating what is healthy and what isn't. OK I won't start but man!!!

LBDDiaries said...

OH! I forgot to say, "Thank you for visiting me today!! (via SITS comment section)."

davisbabs78 said...

SAME THING HERE KERRI. LIVING IN LOWER ALABAMA IS LIKE LIVING IN THE MOLD, FUNGUS, ALLERGY CAPITAL OF THE WORLD. I DIDN'T SUFFER SO MUCH WITH MY ALLERGIES WHILE I WAS LIVING IN MICHIGAN AND OHIO, BUT THEN WHEN I MOVED TO NASHVILLE, TN; WHICH I LOVED LIVING THERE, THEN THE ALLERGIES REALLY STARTED TO FLARE. I DIDN'T KNOW THERE WOULD BE THAT MUCH DIFFERENCE. OMG, THESE TALL FUZZY PINE TREES ARE DOWN HERE; THE ONES THAT MAKE MY ALLERGIES WORSE. SO, I HAVE TO TAKE MUCINEX-D MAX, PLUS ALLEGRA (24) HOUR. I STILL GET SINUS INFECTIONS RIGHT AFTER ANOTHER DESPITE 2 SINUS SURGERIES, NOT TO MENTION A CONNECTIVE TISSUE DISORDER. I WAS HOWEVER ABLE TO GET MY "ENT" TO WRITE MY MUCINEX-D AS A PRESCRIPTION SO I CAN GET 2-3 BOXES @ ONE TIME, INSTEAD OF HAVING TO GO BACK EVERY WEEK. I STILL HAVE TO PAY THE HEFTY PRICE THOUGH.
ONE PROBLEM STILL EXISTS, WHICH APPARENTLY THE FDA AND THE STUPID GOVERNMENT DID NOT TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION AND THAT IS.... IF SOMEONE IN YOUR FAMILY GETS A SINUS INFECTION, IT'S LIKE EVERYONE ELSE IN THE FAMILY EVENTUALLY COMES DOWN WITH ONE AND THEREFORE, NEEDS A LOT OF TIMES, SOME OF YOUR SINUS MEDICATIONS. THEN, WHEN YOU NEED TO GET MORE MEDS, THE WAY THE GOVT. HAS IT SET UP...AS YOU SAID KERRI:"NOPE IT'S TOO EARLY TO GET IT FILLED."
THE METH MAKERS AREN'T GOING TO PAY 30.00 OF MUCINEX-D TO MAKE METH. IT'S CLEARLY OBVIOUS THAT THE FDA DID NOT FULLY INVESTIGATE THE RAMIFICATIONS OF THEIR SO-CALLED "GOVERNMENT DRUG CONTROL" AND CLEARLY DON'T GIVE A CRAP EITHER. SOMETHING HAS TO CHANGE. I DON'T KNOW HOW TO GET IT TO CHANGE BUT, SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE....BARB