i want a new drug

I want a new drug
One that won’t make me sick
One that won’t make me crash my car
Or make me feel three feet thick

I want a new drug
One that does what it should
One that won’t make me feel too bad
One that won’t make me feel too good

Huey Lewis and the News

I’ve been taking this new drug Vraylar for over 2 months now with good results. I have had very little depression since increasing the dosage last month. I feel like I’m right on the edge of being a little hypo most of the time. Maybe that’s how “normal” people feel all the time: positive, capable, resilient, and alive.

I’m a little unsure of how to take this new feeling. Only time will tell, but for a change I feel a little bit of optimism about my treatment. I’m apprehensive in thinking that I’ve really found a solution, and that it will last. I wonder if I have become so accustomed to depression that I simply accept it as how my brain is wired without having hope that things can change.

Unfortunately, this drug is under patent and is expensive. Under my prescription plan, a 30-day supply would have cost me over $300. The manufacturer has copay cards which cover that cost for a limited time, so I paid very little for now. However, my plan’s maximum annual out-of-pocket is about $1000, which is a lot to pay when the discount card runs out.

It sucks that a drug this effective is out of reach financially for many people, but I’ve finally found a combination that works. I understand that the drug companies spend many millions developing new drugs, but they make huge profits when a drug is successful. Maybe that covers the costs of the unsuccessful drugs, but when company executives make tens of millions of dollars per year it seems hard to justify that level of profit. I don’t know what the solution to that problem is.


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