Texas teacher dies from flu after deeming medication too expensive: report
AUSTIN, Texas (KEYE) - A north Texas teacher who died from complications of the flu last weekend delayed taking the medication to treat the virus because it was too expensive, according to a report from a Parker County newspaper.
Heather Holland, a 38-year-old second grade teacher in the Weatherford ISD, was prescribed the widely-used antiviral drug Tamiflu to treat her influenza earlier this month.
But according to her husband Frank Holland, Heather Holland decided not to take the medication because the copay would cost her $116, as reported in the Weatherford Democrat.
Frank Holland told the newspaper he paid for Heather's prescription himself when he found out, but his wife's condition worsened and she was taken to the ICU and put on dialysis.
Heather Holland died on Sunday, February 6. In addition to her husband, she leaves behind a 10-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son.