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Slash Drug Costs • View topic - medications

medications

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medications

Postby kate » Sat Jul 18, 2009 1:25 pm

I have been diabetic for 32 yrs. I do have insurance but starting in june have a very high deductible 3000.00 and my medications and insulin pump supplieis thru omnipod are expensive. My health problems are diabetes, high b/p, high cholesterol, low thyroid, CAD, depression, TIA, reflux. I've had open heart surgery 2 yrs ago. The medications that I'm on are
Efffexor 225 every day
Levothtroxine .125 every day
toprol 25mg 2 times a day
omeprasole 20mg 2 times a day
Hyzaar 100/25 every day
plavix 75 mg every day
Zetia 10 mg every day
Crestor 40 mg every day
humalog thru my insulin pump abt 50 units a day
omnipod supplies ( the pump is cordless and needs to be changed and refilled with insulin every 3 days) about 400- 500 $ month I need help I dont make that much money in a month and have other responsibilities too. HELP PLEASE :cry:
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Hi Kate, Some Drug Info

Postby Bill-W » Mon Jul 20, 2009 1:13 pm

Kate,
First and foremost. Speak to the Doctors that are treating you and explain your situation. Sometimes they may be able to supply samples to help defer your costs.
If they know that you have to choose between meds they may be able to offer solutions as well.
Here are some patient assistance programs from the list of meds you supplied.
Keep in mind some of the programs are based on your income and may exclude people with insurance but it is worth a try.

Patient Assistance

Effexor WYETH PHARMACEUTICALS:


Levothtroxine is a generic and available at Walmart for $4.00/30day and $10.00/90day

Toprol is the brand name and metoprolol is the generic also available at Walmart priced as above.
Ask your Doctor if you are able to switch to the generic.

Omeprazole(Prilosec)
or call:
Patient Assistance Program
AstraZeneca Foundation
P.O. Box 15197
Wilmington, DE 19850-5197

800 424-3727


HYZAAR by Merck



PLAVIX by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.


ZETIA by Merck & Co., Inc.
and Schering-Plough Corp

Informal patient assistance programs have been in place at Schering-Plough since the early 1980s. Today, patients can apply for assistance through two programs: Commitment to Care (1-800-521-7157) , which covers their cancer and hepatitis drugs; and Schering-Plough Cares (1-800-656-9485) , which includes their other prescription drugs.


CRESTOR by AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP

or call:
Patient Assistance Program
AstraZeneca Foundation
P.O. Box 15197
Wilmington, DE 19850-5197

800 424-3727


HUMALOG by Eli Lilly and Co.



I called OMNIPOD and they do not have a patient assistance program.
Maybe your Doctor can recommend a different/similar device that is less expensive. Unfortunately I am unfamiliar with DM supplies.
I hope some of this info is useful. Please check back and let us know.
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Postby dlcnurse » Thu Jul 23, 2009 12:45 am

Hi Kate

I have been doing a little research on your omnipod as I am not familiar with the insulin pumps. From what I understand, the omni pump is not actually a insulin pump but a pod that is worn. Blood glucose is checked with a remote PDM that has a built in Freestyle glucose meter. The pod is programmed by the PDM. The pod holds approximately 200 units of insulin (U-100) and needs filled aprroximately every 3 days or so depending on how much insulin that is required daily. I am assuming that your are using test strips to check your sugars.

The Freestyle meters are by Abbott Pharmaceuticals. They do have a site online for Diabetes Care. They also have a program that is called the Freestyle Program, which provides a card that assists on the purchase of testing equipment. It is a limited amount but anything is better than nothing at all. The way it works is that your insurance is applied first, than the co-pay amount that you pay is then applied to the card. You can actually save up to 50.00 a month on testing strips and such. I have the card and have used it. You can call 1-866-246-2683 in regards to the program.

Abbott Pharmaceuticals also has a patient assistance program that may be of help as well. Their customer care number is 1-888-522-5226.

Another resource that may be helpful to you is http://www.isletsofhope.com and look for their resource link about the middle of the page.
Lahle Wolf has done a tremendous job of finding numerous resources for the diabetic person regarding assistance programs, state assistance, clinics, etc...
She also founded the http://www.ipump.org for people needing help. They are limited on what they can do, but you may also be able to email them and she may be able to steer you in the right direction in getting further help.
I do have one question-- since this pod is filled by a cannula, do you purchase your insulin in vials? I will look to see what I can find in way of coupons etc... I hope that this will help you some.
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byetta

Postby artsychick » Thu Aug 06, 2009 2:31 pm

Hello,
I've been on byetta for about 6 months now on and off because honestly I can't afford it through my insurance. My dr. is tired of giving me samples. I use what she gives me but it doesn't last through the month. It is the only thing that has actually worked on my body. I want to find out how I can get it cheaper some where. They are prescribing me 10mcg Byetta twice daily. My insurance is Healthnet. The dr. found a pharmacy that will give me a co pay of $71 a month. It's just too much for my month expenses. If anyone has any suggestions I'd really appreciate it.
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Postby dlcnurse » Sat Aug 08, 2009 12:55 am

Byetta currently does not have a generic version on the market at this point. On a good note, Sanofi-aventis pharmaceutical company has a generic that is pending approval by the FDA that is a once a week injection (Exenatide) but that does not help you at the moment.

I did not however find anything of use that may be of benefit to you. Even purchasing outside of the US the costs without insurance is quite expensive. The Byetta 10 Mcg pen is in the range of $250.00 for 250 mcg/ml.

You might try looking at the http://www.ipump.org site as they do have some cash assistance programs for emergency.

I will keep looking for you.
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Re: medications

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