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Let's soak 'em with fish oil

Posted Feb 08 2010 7:45am
If you don't think that charging drug prices for fish oil is wrongtake a look at a letter from an angry Heart Scan Blog reader

Hello Dr. Davis

My 44 year old brother had an MI [myocardial infarctionor heart attack] in June. He got pushed around due to "bad government insurance," a state-run program for the "uninsured": government pays 1/3job pays 1/3and individual pays 1/3.

What they didn't tell him is that there is no major medical coverage and little to no prescription coverage. We fought for 4 months to get him open heart surgery that the insurance was not going to pay for.

Nowwith no assistanceterrible insuranceand no disability he has little to no income. He is a heavy equipment mechanic and is trying to be the "good American"-- take care of his billsnot file bankruptcyetc.

Anywaythe doctors never seem to pay attention to what they prescribe. Lipitor was not working for himdue to side effects. Now they want to give him Zetia and Lovaza....Zetia at $114and Lovoza is $169.85! Wow! For dead fish?? I think this is a little fishy! I looked up Lovazagee how nicethey will give you a $20 coupon....

Forget ithe can't afford this stuff. So I am enrolling in the Zetia program for him. And trying to get him OTC [over-the-counter] fish oil. The most prevalent fish oil around here (that I take myself is) Omega 3 Fish Oil that has EPA 410mgDHA 274.

Thanks for your blog. It made me feel better that I wasn't the only one outraged by this stuff. I 've been a nurse for 20 years and it just never seems to get better. Thank you for your wisdom.

Sincerely JPTennessee

Had this reader not been aware that her brother could take fish oil as a nutritional supplementhe likely would have been denied the benefit of omega-3 fatty acids in slashing the risk for recurrent cardiovascular events. You and I can buy wonderfully safe and effective fish oil as a nutritional supplementbut there won't be a sexy drug representative to sell itnor an expensive dinner and payment for a trip to Orlando to hear about it.
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