I am from Canada, the province of québec more precisely. What do you suffer from exacly? You don't mention it in your post, not that it really matters.
I know that if you are a Canadian citizen, your meds are covered by our universal healthcare system. For which, everyone of us has a card (la carte soleil in french). In order to see a doctor here and get a prescription of the latter, you would need to produce that very card. Even at the drugstore, in the event that you would bring your own prescription, they still ask you for the card. Or maybe not! Have to go myself to the drugstore on Saturday. Will ask if they take prescription from the States and get back to you on that.
As I am writting to you Iam trying to find a solution to your problem but not doing a hell of a job.
359$ is a lot of oxys here. Mind you, I heard drugs were much cheaper on this side of the border, which I never understood why.
Bear up Lisa!
Lisa Pharma-purdue has a partner program for those who cannot afford their meds specifically oxy. Do a google search for the site and somewhere on there will be a link to the assistance program. Now this takes some work from you as well as your prescribing Doc but it usually isnt a long or tiring process.
The only problem may be in the fact that you have medicare. Do you have part D that covers your scripts and that particular program wont cover oxy brand? If this is the case do a search on the medicare site to see if there is a different part D that will cover for you and some of the ones that have a premium and most of these are no more then around $40 a month,may be your best bet as they tend to cover more then those that have no premium. $40 a month in the longrun if it is going to cover your meds at those costs is still going to save you tons of money.
The times that we can switch are usually around the 1st of the year but I had a carrier that all of the sudden covered none of my meds that were on the high side after 6 months of covering them when I 1st signed up with them,looked like it was just a way to get me to pick them over some of the other options and then phased out the meds I needed and Medicare did allow me to change from that carrire to another that covered them outside of the open enrollement deadlines.
You might also have to change meds altogether and although this isnt a fair option it is something that many of us have had to do. Many many of those on methadone got here via our regular meds not getting paid for and methadone is cheap cheap cheap.
Good luck to you and I hope you can get some help from some source.
Just to clarify ( and before our American friends get too envious ) - all provinces in Canada have different health plans. I am in Ontario and prescription medications are NOT covered. I have to pay for all of my medications out of pocket including my Oxycontin, Prozac, Celebrex - just to name a few. It costs me well over $1000.00 per month for my medications. Most other provinces also do not cover medications, so consider yourself very very lucky!
I have heard of Americans buying their medications in Canada, as some meds - not all - are cheaper because our government gives huge subsidies to the pharmaceutical industries. (Of course, this is one of the reasons our taxes are much higher in Canada than the USA.)
I do not know the intricacies of cross-border transactions, so unless or until someone can offer you more info, you could Google Canadian pharmacies. Make sure you get a reputable one, as there are many phony online ones that will sell you fake, or even worse, dangerous junk.
I have seen American Tv programs like Dateline or 20/20 that did a story on Americans doing bus trips to Canada once or twice a year to buy cheaper meds than they can get a home. If you live near the border, then this would be worth looking into. Good luck.
I know many people that have the same problem...they cannot afford the Oxycontin. Sometimes if your Dr. provides a Prior Authorization to the Pharmacy they will be covered. Ask your Dr. if that will work. Iknow that I can do that with my Meds...but you have to be prepared to wait a day or two to be able to get them. I hope you can find a way to get your meds.
Right now I take Methadone...I am seriously thinking about changing to Oxycontin... I tried it once with Morphine...What a disaster that was.
I hope you can find a solution..
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