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#1 truman

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Posted 10 January 2008 - 06:53 PM

I just got an antibiotic for my infection of the amputated toe area. Antibiotic is Zyvox. Just reading the label is mind boggling. The cost for this drug, before co-pay is, $5656.58. :blink: Co-pay was $20. This was for a 30 day supply.

Doctor was surprised that co-pay wasn't approx $300 or more.

How does one survive without insurance and in need of these drugs to survive?
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Posted 10 January 2008 - 07:52 PM

Tru,

It is what it is

and what it is, is CRIMINAL! There ought to be a law!

Hang in there.
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Posted 10 January 2008 - 08:11 PM

Hi Tru,

I am glad you have good prescription coverage. My 3 month supply of Cellcept was around $2500, but my copayment was $50. Now it is $120, but still it is bargain.
Kind regards,

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Posted 11 January 2008 - 07:49 AM

My goodness!!!

I do not have medicine coverage, so if I have to do something like that, wow!
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Posted 11 January 2008 - 08:20 AM

I take Letairis for PH and its normally a $250 copay/mo, but they have a program so it's only $75. Thank goodness for special programs otherwise I'd be hurtin'

Yeah along with the Letairis I have 2 other meds with $75 copays + the other 20 some odd meds. My hubby estimates we spend about $500 or more in meds a month... oy!

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Posted 11 January 2008 - 08:33 AM

Oh my goodness! That's an incredible cost! I'd be on the phone calling around to see who has it cheaper, you'd be shocked at the difference in prescription drug costs from one pharmacy to the next. And it could save Medicare if there is a difference. I'm on Long Term Care, public funding thru Medicare so I don't have any costs at all, Thank Goodness!! but I still call around and make sure that Medicare isn't charged the most expensive cost.

My Tracleer costs $4,000 for a 30 day supply and there is no other source for it than the one by mail pharmacy. Amazing. What would I do if I weren't covered? I'd do without, I'm sure.

There is a place in town where you can bring any prescriptions that you find you can't use and as long as they aren't expired, this organization hands them out to people who don't have any coverage. It's an AIDS patient support center and I've several times brought them up stuff I can't use. (found I was allergic or didn't need it or whatever)

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Posted 11 January 2008 - 09:39 AM

I get a pretty good discount with a mail order pharmacy so I doesn't hurt quite so bad and it wouldn't be bad if I didn't have so many... I also donate meds that I can't use. I have tons of inhalers and nebulizer meds that I gave to a nurse friend of mine who then donates them to the cystic fibrosis foundation. It's better than letting them expire on my shelf.

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Posted 11 January 2008 - 11:14 AM

for those who are not covered go to cuba -- your meds will not cost you more than 10 bucks total....

if you are worried about the secret service keeping tabs on your cuba visit - fancy a trip to england its 10 bucks aswell.........still a huge savings plus you get a trip in at the same time.....

info taken from the movie sicko and my own upbringing in england

#9 truman

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Posted 11 January 2008 - 12:51 PM

danceswithcats:

Wow, what a wonderful idea. I wonder if they do that here in Jersey. I too, have nearly filled prescriptions (Atenolol, Omnisef, Synthroid, etc.) that for one reason or another have had to be abandoned. I would gladly donate to those in need.

Again, what a great idea!
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Posted 11 January 2008 - 02:11 PM

Hi,
I'm pretty lucky that my husband has a drug plan - we just pay the dispensing fee for each presciption (that's about $11 for each one); I wouldn't imagine not having some kind of coverage with the cost of drugs. I was amazed at the cost of the antibiotic that truman had to take - thankfully the co-pay was low but what would would happen if a person didn't have coverage like that? Is there some kind of subsidy program?

truman - where are you in Jersey? I used to live in Bergen County, NJ but now live in Ontario, Canada

Take care everyone,
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Posted 11 January 2008 - 04:43 PM

Sue:

I'm in Union County, New Jersey. My sons just got back from Canada after a weekend trek. They go for the soccer games. They are big sports fanatics.
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Posted 11 January 2008 - 05:37 PM

Tru and Peanut ... yes it is a great idea! For years I'd had medicines that , you know , dr. gives you this new medication to try and for one reason or another, you can't use it ... nearly a full bottle of the stuff. What a waste! So one day I just called all around and bugged everybody till I found someplace that could use the stuff. I didn't know about cystic fibrosis ! Will check with them, too!

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Posted 11 January 2008 - 07:42 PM

Definitely will research donation of medication via web tomorrow.

Thank you for the idea and input.
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Posted 12 January 2008 - 01:11 AM

Hi , just a note re millierscrossing observation that you would be able to get the drugs in the UK for 10 bucks- I really don't think that is the case.

Here in the UK a certain percentage of our salary is taken for national insurance each month, the ammount I pay( on a fairly modest salary) is currently about 300 dollars. UK residents who are not working either because of illness or unemployment do not pay NI (although may have in the past) , but still receive free treament and drugs, those who are not on state benefits or pension pay the equivalent of about 13 dollars per prescription item. Drug prescriptions are obtained from the general practioner who you have be registered with- This requires an NHS number which you can only obtain if you are a UK resident. My parents who are UK citizens who paid National Insurance all their lives retired to Portugal and are now not entitled to free treament under the NHS system. I think that anyone visting from the USA would not be entitled to receive drugs via the NHS system.
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Posted 12 January 2008 - 05:12 AM

Lizzie thanks for clearing that up. I wondered about that. Didn't sound right.