Penny Grant, BC
Lives with Asthma

“I was eventually diagnosed with Severe Asthma. After it became clear I had tried every modestly priced asthma pharmaceutical available, my specialists prescribed Xolair and an expensive antifungal. Total cost – $20,000 annually. With these drugs I am able to live a normal life. Thankfully my health insurance covers 90% of the cost. However, there is a lifetime limit. I am in a good financial position, but I worry about what will happen when my insurance runs out.”

“I worry even more about friends I’ve met through Asthma Canada who do not have access to the drugs they need. Why? Because they can’t get insurance and their provincial coverage does not include such necessary but expensive drugs as Xolair.”