Monday, March 3, 2014

Synagis Thankfulness

Last week, Emily received her last Synagis shots of the season. She's become very perceptive, especially when it comes to needles.  In fact, she started crying before the shots were even administered. I hate hearing Emily cry, but I know that the temporary tears are necessary to protect her from RSV. After all, if Emily were to catch RSV, things would be far worse than five or ten minutes of heavy tears. She would likely become very ill and require hospitalization. 

Feeling Grateful for the Drug

I am grateful to MedImmune for creating Synagis for premature babies and other children with special medical needs. I feel so relieved to know that if Emily catches RSV, her hospital stay will be reduced as a result of the shots. Emily already endured a 67-day Neonatal Intensive Care Unit stay and doesn't need to spend time in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Feeling Grateful for Copay Assistance

I am also thankful for the Synagis Copay Assistance Program, which helped alleviate some of the financial burden associated with the shots. The company's customer service representative was friendly, attentive, and genuine. It seemed as if he truly wanted to help my family. Sadly, I didn't get the same feeling from our health insurance company or it's specialty pharmacy -- particularly when it came to ordering, processing, or shipping the drug.

Our first Synagis shot of 2014 required a $2,500 copayment.  This was a much greater copayment than we saw at the end of 2013, as it was the beginning of a new year -- a time in which copays and deductibles typically start all over again. 

Luckily, the Synagis Copay Assistance Program offered us financial assistance to bring down the cost of January's shot. The program provides eligible patients with up to $2,000 to assist with Synagis out-of-pocket costs. Patients are responsible for the first $30 of each Synagis dose. There are no income requirements to participate in the program. For more information about the Synagis Copay a Assistance program, see:  www.MyAccess360.com 

Feeling Grateful for Doctors and Nurses

I am also pleased that we have a pediatrician and nurse who understand the importance of Synagis shots. Although I've experienced a lot of challenges with our health insurance company and its specialty pharmacy, our pediatrician and her skilled staff were able to help navigate the system so that Emily received her shot on-time

Thankful for a Great Husband

I'm grateful to my husband, Craig, for allowing me to stay home to care for Emily. He knows how important it is to keep Emily healthy and understands that enrolling her in day care would put her at a high-risk for illness. 

Your Experiences

We've done a lot to shelter Emily from germs and illness and have been home bound for the bulk of the flu and RSV season. I'm sure that Synagis has probably also played an important role in Emily's good health. What have your experiences with Synagis been like this year?

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