I know there are people (well, at least one person) who actively agitate against even the existence and prescribing of Abilify, but it has saved my life! And, yet again, since my primary doc who was prescribing it is leaving NYC, I don’t have insurance and a month’s supply cost $636.14 (last time I checked), I am in a dire situation: I make “too much” money to get into Bristol Myers-Squibb’s patient assistance program, but don’t make enough to afford six hundred-plus bucks a month for one medication out of the six I take.
A while back I went off Abilify for this very reason: I could not afford it and my psychiatrist had run out of samples. I was off for about three or four months. It was living hell–I felt myself slipping back into a place I never wanted to be again, feeling terrible physically and mentally, being out of control, and having psychotic features. My therapist said she never wants to see me like that again.
I’ve already talked to some low-level people over at BMS, they are not helpful, never have been. They act like I’m some sort of crazy nut for even asking about help beyond the patient assistance program. I’ll write the “new” CEO, but it won’t help except to make me feel like I’ve at least tried.