The Uninteresting Chronicles of a High School Student

April 22, 2010

Asthma Medicine Now 2000 Times More Expensive Than Gold

Upon visiting the allergist for an examination of seasonal allergies (that caused me to spend last year’s USAMO reacting to respiratory stress rather than writing down proofs), I was promptly diagnosed with “symptoms of mild asthma” and prescribed an excess of $400 in medicine for one month of use “to relieve breathing difficulties associated with asthma”, with a vague explanation as to what I am actually allergic to and a brief suggestion to use Claritin and other generic antihistamines. I never experienced any off-season difficulties resembling asthmatic episodes, so the expensive diagnosis struck me as a rather disproportionate treatment for a likely nonexistent ailment. (more…)

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