Teacher’s family says cost of meds delayed treatment

The death of a Weatherford elementary school teacher is back in the spotlight after her family says she didn’t immediately fill her antiviral prescription because the $116 insurance co-pay was too high.

Heather Holland’s husband, Frank, told the Wall Street Journal his wife came home feeling a bit sick Jan. 29. She went to work Jan. 30 but by evening had a fever. She went to the doctor two days later, and a rapid flu test was positive for influenza B. The doctor wrote her a prescription for a generic form of the antiviral medication Tamiflu. The husband says he picked up the prescription the day after she refused it. She died on February 4th.

Doctors told The Associated Press that while it’s ideal to start taking antiviral medication as quickly as possible, it’s no guarantee that one’s condition will not drastically worsen.

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