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December 29, 2003

Thomasville - It's a list of symptoms you've heard more times than you probably want to. "Chest pains, bad cough, runny nose, sneezing, body aches, my toe nails even hurt. That's how bad it is," says flu patient Sandy Wiggins.

People from all over are being diagnosed with the flu and prescribed drugs to fight it, drugs that cost a lot of money. Pharmacist Al Stone says, "Flu medication is an antiviral type drug and all of those, if you don't have insurance, are expensive."

But just like the flu vaccine, pharmacies are now running out of flu medications. Stone says, "A lot of children have the flu and the Tamiflu liquid is not available right now. I don't reckon they were prepared for this much flu, I don't know the reason, but we can't get any right now."

And even if you can get the medicine, if you don't take it within the first few hours of symptoms, it could be too late to fight the flu. Sandy Wiggins has had symptoms since Christmas, so she's getting an antibiotic to fight them, a 5 day supply that will cost her about $50.00.

She says, "I don't have insurance, I have a pharmacy card though, so I'm hoping it's going to help to get a discount on it."

It did help Sandy, but many others will still have to pay the price for the medicine or pay the price with their health.

posted at 4:29 PM by karen.collier@walb.com