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Re: Reduced RX prices, anyone??

Posted by Racer on August 31, 2004, at 11:48:17

In reply to Reduced RX prices, anyone??, posted by prodgirl on August 30, 2004, at 23:56:12

Most of the drug companies have compassionate need programs of some sort or another. is one source of information -- I think that's the right URL.

They don't seem to publicize their guidelines, but since they also don't publicize these programs, I've always kinda figured it was a case of, "if you don't have insurance, and you don't make such a honking pile of greenbacks that it would be totally ridiculous to call you 'needy', and you can find the program, they'll cover you." That's probably an exaggeration, but I've never had a problem getting coverage.

These programs are not exactly 'user-friendly', but they are wonderful. It takes about 4 to 6 weeks to get the prescriptions, so you'll have to plan ahead for each refill. They require you and your doctor to fill out forms with your income information and your doctor's note about the prescription. If the application is approved, they will send a three month supply of the medication to your doctor, where you can pick it up. One of the drawbacks is that you have to go through the entire process every time you need more. If you're skirting the remission boundary, keeping that part together can be pretty tough. But overall? While I hate that there's a need for this sort of program, because I hate that there's such a problem with our system, these programs are great for those who need them and can find them.

(What's surprised me most, by the way, is that so few doctors know about them! I've had to get the forms myself and explain it to the doctors -- even in low cost clinics, where most of the patients probably need something like this.)

Good luck




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