Sunday, March 24, 2019

Holy Crap, GoodRx!

 

             
I watched this ad several times without sound, and here's what I thought- this woman was dragging her two sick grandchildren to the pharmacy in the middle of the night because they both had high fevers.  She had neglected to bring them to the doctor because she's a nurse and her schedule is just hell, but the situation finally went critical and she finally caved in and decided to get the prescription a coworker illegally wrote for them filled.

When the pharmacist rang up the total of $67, grandma recoiled at the idea of paying that kind of money just to break something as silly and common as a raging fever, and turned to bring her kids back home and re-apply the ice packs and hope for the best.  Then the pharmacist pointed out that there's about 200 coupons available through the GoodRx app which cannot be used with health insurance but that doesn't matter because grandma/nurse doesn't have health insurance anyway.  Pharmacist does a good job hiding her horror at the fact that grandma/nurse, while really wanting her grandkids to feel better, doesn't want that to the tune of $67.  (Bet you wish this wasn't your weekend with grandma, kids!)

Finally, I watched the ad with sound- and it turns out that the grandma dragging her sick kids to the pharmacist in the middle of the night isn't grandma, she's mom (cripes!  Why did you wait until you were fifty before you started having kids, lady?)  And only the boy is sick- he needs a drug called "Pediasten" (40mg) which, as it turns out, it totally made up yet STILL costs $67!  For the 40mg strength of a non-existent drug!  Damn you Obamacare!!

So it turns out that MOMMY/nurse had "no idea" that she was a few swipes on her SmartPhone away from actually getting her kid the meds he needs.  Oh, and she HAS health insurance but GoodRx gives her a better deal than her insurance can (by the way, why didn't she call her provider to ask if the medication was covered before dragging her kids to the pharmacy in the middle of the night?  Why didn't she ask her DOCTOR when the meds were prescribed, so he could offer a generic alternative or something else or maybe even give her some free samples?)

The happy ending is that Mommy/nurse decides that while $8.90 is still pretty expensive- I mean, it's not $67, but it's not free either- you can buy four scratch-off tickets with that kind of money and have change left over- it's worth it if it eases her son's pain and lets her get a decent night of sleep for a change.  Not quite sure why she doesn't take the lowest cost option that shows up on her screen, but I think we've already established this woman is not the sharpest scalpel on the tray.  Enjoy your Pediasten, kid.  I wonder why that ISN'T a real drug?

35 comments:

  1. Not a nurse She is either a waitress or housekeeper. Good RX is okay but not better than insurance it's just good for those without insurance

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    1. If she's a waitress or a housekeeper, she's one with health insurance, which is pretty impressive. That's why I went with "nurse" when I heard her musing "I hope my insurance covers it."

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    2. I thought that both kids had a severe case of YEAST Infection.

      Both kids are walking up holding or itching away..very disturbing.pediasten is a generic for Monistat 7..

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  3. Came here after googling pediasten, was not disappointed.

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  4. Annoying commercial! Voice doesn't match the actress. Little boy is grabbing himself as though he needs to pee. Prescription she hands over instantly disappears. Math is off on the discount. Just a mess!

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    1. Both kids are grabbing themselves.
      See, its a severe case of the Yeast!

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  5. kates not a nurse or a waitress she works wearing a blue helm and a uniform with Kate on it

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  6. NEVER in 18 years of being a single mother have a walked into a pharmacy looking like I was constipated, and WHINING that my child needs a drug: It's a PRESCRIPTION Good RX!!!! ALSO, the only insurance I could EVER afford as a waitress was Medicaid so PLEASE tell me where she works.

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  7. What I’d like to know is who is the creepy shopping cart guy at the start? I feel he was up to no good.

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    1. Never noticed him- also that it feels like this is taking place in the middle of the night and there is not a single other person in the entire pharmacy.

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  8. This woman looks nothing like a grandma, she looks like a tired 35 year old running to the pharmacy after a long day at work. I don’t know if a teenAgee wrote this but so off...

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    1. Canadian actress Brenda Davidson, age 55. She really looks 35 to you?

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  9. This commercial is supposed to get you in the feels. Right. Whiney single mother, wheres dad you whore? And all shes made of her life is a waitress? With all the free shit she quality's for she can go to college at least pt.

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    1. Thank you for not using your real name with your posts.

      Sincerely, Your Parents

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  10. I take it that they couldn't list a real drug for legal reasons. The lady looks like a waitress that's had a long day on her feet and now has to drag her kids to the pharmacy in the middle of the night.

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  11. I also csme here after googling pediasten. Quite funny, thanks for the morning humor!

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  12. She took the 8.90 because it was where she was at. The one cheaper was at Walmart.most likely another walk across town where people are. Kinda strange this pharmacy is empty with only the pharmacist to check you out.

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  13. She's buying at RX Pharmacy so shte has to take that price. She probably works at a restaurant because of the name tag. Little boy needs some manners ypu never grab yourself in public.

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    1. To be fair, we are told that the drug is for the little boy. Maybe Pediasen is meant to cure issues like that.

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  14. Actually, GoodRX can be cheaper than insurance in many cases.

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  15. No one noticed that the pharmacy had the front door tied open when she walked in and this crazy woman closed it behind her? She also somehow saved way more than the “up to 80%” GoodRX can save you on your prescription.

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  16. Good point- $58 off on a $67 bill is quite a bit more than "up to 80%."

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  17. I love to hate this commercial. The whiny victim mom who the pharmacist would be happy to take advantage of. Only when mom balks at the price and is about to walk away - only then does the pharmacist clue her in to the coupon option. Speaks volumes about how big pharma views us poor suckers.

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  19. The mother leaves the prescription behind with the pharmacist when she runs in horror at the original price.

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    1. I don't get the vibe "Oh no, I can't afford that!" The look on the mom's face is more like "Ugh, I want my son to feel better, but not for $67!"

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  20. My only question is, why did she park so damn far away?

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    1. Hadn't thought of that. She walks with her kids clear across an almost-empty parking lot. Maybe she took the bus and is walking from the stop? I mean she is sooooo very poor, after all.

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