My name is Luz Lopez and I am a resident of Phoenix, Arizona. High drug prices have become a huge issue for me as I face multiple health issues –– and I know countless other Arizonans face similar health care problems.
I have suffered from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome since 2001. Living with chronic illness has caused me to also suffer from depression and anxiety, which also makes my day-to-day living increasingly difficult. I’m currently on medication for the chronic widespread pain as well as anti-anxiety and depression medication. It has been a long journey for me these past 17 years.
My list of medications is long. For the pain associated with fibromyalgia, Dilaudid is what gives me relief. I take Diazepam and Pristiq to manage my mental health symptoms. I have Allwell insurance, and my medications are currently covered under Arizona Complete Health. But their drug plan changes yearly, so I often fear that my medications suddenly won’t be covered. I need all of these medications in order to live an active, healthy lifestyle.
What I need to know is why the pharmaceutical companies are allowed to make billions at the expense of patients. Will high costs of health care be the death of me? It’s time I tell my story. My medical conditions are debilitating and it’s not fair for patients with chronic illness to suffer the way we do.