So, I contacted Roche and it is true -- they provide the fourth bottle for free.
Not only that, but if I purchase the Herceptin from Roche, it costs 10,895 NIS per bottle (saving 326.85 NIS per bottle).
BUT, this afternoon, Roche called and told me that the head of the pharmacy department at Sha'are Zedek will not allow Roche to supply the Herceptin without charging an additional fee.
The Roche representative informed me that this has been the policy at Sha’are Zedek for years, leaving me with two options: either purchase the Herceptin at the higher rate, or switch hospitals (other hospitals do not impose an extra fee on patients who are purchasing their medication privately).
Switching hospitals is obviously not an option.
Before I take any further action, I want to verify this outrageous allegation. If true, it is absolutely immoral.
Meanwhile, I am in a lot of pain and seriously tired.
I think the new chemo is catching up to me...
Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.
With love and optimism,