#EliLilly screws 75-year-old Encino man

The inherent goodness of people was made clear this week when a pair of readers offered to pay for a 75-year-old Encino man’s prescription meds after the drug maker imposed a $1,100 deductible to be eligible for financial assistance.

Meanwhile, the warped priorities of our for-profit healthcare industry once again tumbled into the open as the drug company in question, Eli Lilly & Co., responded to this demonstration of humanitarian fellowship with a shrug of its corporate shoulders.

Call me a starry-eyed optimist, but I had a notion that Lilly, shamed by this act of generosity, would have bent its own arbitrary rules and waived the deductible for a cash-strapped senior.

Instead, the company dug in its heels and refused to even take the money, insisting that it be spent instead at a drugstore before Lilly’s financial assistance would resume.

Source: It shouldn’t take generous strangers to help patients cope with drug prices – LA Times


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