help to save on drugs

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help to save on drugs

Postby wheaties » Tue May 19, 2009 2:44 pm

326humalog 75/25 insilin 86 units / day
avalide 300 12.5 1 pill / day
gabapentin 400 mg 3 times per day
lovastatin 40 mg / day
levothyroxine 75 mcg 1pill / day
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Postby jimithy » Wed May 20, 2009 12:03 am

wheaties,

First, when asking a question like this it is good to provide as much information as possible about your meds. Such as what are your "out of pocket" costs for each med, your approximate income, the state you live in, how many people live in your household , & how long do you plan to take the same dose of each drug (some are short term and some conditions require medications for the rest of your life... buying in quantity only makes sense for meds you will be using for many months).

It helps us to know where you are currently getting your drugs, and what prescription insurance/Medicare/Medicaid you might have. If you want us to recommend specific local pharmacies then an approximate location (such as a zip code near you) and what transportation you have to get to a pharmacy.

If you do not give us any location data then we cannot recommend assistance programs or tell you the local pharmacies that have ways of drastically reducing your costs. Without a general location we can give you generic information though. You could use the ideas/methods we present to search out local solutions for yourself.

We will go ahead and look at ways to cut costs based upon the info you have already provided.

Thanks for posting!

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Postby jimithy » Wed May 20, 2009 12:18 am

wheaties,

It is interesting that you do not list any standard diabetes supplies such as syringes, lancets, glucometer & test strips, ketone test strips, alcohol swabs, etc.

These can be purchased quite inexpensively and therefore you will be healthier if you use the correct supplies as often as recommended.

If you are using diabetic supplies then if you list them in the same manner as we request you list your meds... we can probably help with them also.

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Postby dlcnurse » Thu May 21, 2009 2:57 am

Wheaties
Hopefully we can help with your costs. It helps to know what type of coverage that you have or if you do not have any insurance coverage. Age also may play a role. In reviewing your list of medications, here are some price ranges that may help. Bear in mind that this is with NO coverage.
Avalide in your dosage range of 300/12.5 the cost buying online ranges from .86 to to $3.00 per pill. This dosage range does not come in a generic form. However Avalide is a combination pill that includes Avapro and Hydrochlorthiazide. The cost average for a 90 supply would be from
78.00 to 270.00 depending on the online store. Canada offers the lowest price at 105.81 for 112 tablets.
Avapro does come in a generic. 300 mg tabs run from .79 to .95 per pill.
Hydrochlorthiazide is available at some of the major chain stores for 4.00 per 30 day or 10.00 per 90 day supply. The cost would run $81.10 to $95.50 for a 90 day supply for both medications. (Combined total) Ask your doctor to write for seperate prescriptions for the Avapro 300 mg and Hydrochlortiazide 12.5 mg so that you can decrease your costs more effectively. Buying each drup seperately will allow you to be able to purchase them both in a generic form versus paying brand name prices for Avalide as it does not come in a generic for the dose prescribed.

Gabapentin 400 mg/3 x a day. (Neurontin) The generic cost of this medication runs from .19 to 1.23 per pill For a 90 day supply at the .19 it would run 51.30, at the 1.23 cost it would run you 332.10 for a 90 day supply. The lowest cost here can be found in the US at Costco
Brand name cost ranges from 1.13 to 2.30 per pill. Cost for a 90 day supply would run from 305.10 to 621.00

Lovastatin can be purchased at the major chain stores such as Walmart or Krogers for 4.00/30 day or 10.00/90 day,comes only in the 10 mg or 20 mg dosage. At the 40 mg dosage, generic can cost from .29 to 2.40 per pill.
For .29/pill a 90 day supply will cost 26.10, at the maximum cost of 2.40/pill the cost will run 216.00 for a 90 day supply. The lowest cost here can be found in the US, also at costco. Another option here would be to talk to your doctor and see if he will write a prescription for the 20 mg tab to be taken twice a day, or 2 tabs daily so that your cost can be decreased to a more affordable amount and be able to take advantage of the discounted price of 10.00 for a 90 day supply. Which will save you another 16.00.

Brand name costs from 3.76 to 6.18 per pill. This cost is high. It ranges from 338.40 to 556.20 for a 90 day supply.

Levothyroxine is one of the 4.00 for 30 days or 10.00/90 day supply prescriptions that can be found at the major chain stores such as Walmart, Kroger's, Walgreen's, Target etc..
Which is the cheapest way to go on this medication. Buying generic brand without using this route will cost from .13 to .40 per pill. The cost would be 11.70 for a 90 day supply to 36.00 at the highest cost for a 90 day supply.

Brand name cost is .22 to .80 per pill. Unless you specifically require the name brand, it is cheaper to buy generic.
Insulin 75/25 The cost for this I will have to refer to Jimithy on this. Researching it I find it to range from 110.00 to 210.00 for 15 ml. I am sure that there are resources in regards to insulin and lowering this cost.
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Postby jimithy » Thu May 21, 2009 7:44 am

If you have questions about using generics then it is important to realize the drug companies lose tens of billions of dollars of profits to generics every year. This is why they will pay huge dollars to the best ad agencies in the world to convince people that generics do not have the same medication as their brand name drug (even though the FDA ensures that generics use the same medication.)

This conditioning works in two ways. First it gets you to doubt stringent government testing that insures the active ingredient is identical (the expired drug company patent has to give EXACT directions on how to correctly manufacturer the drug or the patent is not valid.) In fact, over half of all generic drugs are made by the same drug companies (in the same manufacturing plants) that make the brand name drugs.

Second, this doubt created by the ads can create a "reverse placebo effect". If your mind is convinced the generic will not work then often this can affect the effectiveness of the medication. If this is a problem with you then get someone to set up a week's worth of medication at a time for you... and make sure they do not tell you which pills are generic.

You might want to look at Why Generics are just as good as Brand Name Drugs and What is the difference between Brand name and Generic Drugs?.

Why pay up to 10 or 20 times the price for the same medication? It makes no sense to use a brand name drug when the exact medication is available as a generic medication.
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Postby dlcnurse » Sat May 30, 2009 2:33 am

You might also want to research a site called http://www.xubex.com as they have over 250 generic brand drugs, also diabetes supplies that you can obtain at 50% of the cost of most retail stores, even provide meters if you require one. They also will work with those people who have medicare Part D. for them to also be able to save on diabetes supplies. There are no fees to join. What I see on their site, you can obtain lancets, strips, meters, etc. for really reasonable prices and it is possible that you can obtain them for free if you have medicare. Definately a plus and worth looking up to save costs.
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Postby dlcnurse » Fri Jun 05, 2009 2:44 am

This site does have some coupons for rebates for insulin. They may be of help to you.

http://www.internetdrugcoupons.com

Or you can call their customer care number for assistance for Novo-Nordisk (800)727-6500

The coupons that I found are still good until 6/30/09. I find two coupons for 70/30 and Novolog but they may have others. It is worth a call to see if they can help.
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Re: help to save on drugs

Postby dlcnurse » Thu Sep 22, 2011 12:45 am

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