does anyone out there take Pentasa and actually have to pay full price?

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   Posted 1/3/2008 10:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Just wondering what people are paying for pentasa

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   Posted 1/4/2008 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm not sure where you live but in Toronto Pentasa costs about $170 a bottle (240 pills). I'm really lucky to have 100% coverage through my work so I don't pay anything for it.

32-year-old female diagnosed with CD in 2001.
Currently taking Pentasa 4g x four times daily and probiotics.

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   Posted 1/4/2008 4:57 PM (GMT -7)   
hi redspot,I don't pay full price either.But I can tell you what it costs full price at super walmart,where I get mine in NC....$424.78 for 240 (one month).
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   Posted 1/6/2008 7:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I buy my prescriptions at Walgreens, and Pentasa 250mg/480 pills is $477.99 before insurance.  After insurance I pay $30/month.

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   Posted 1/6/2008 10:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I have some unopened bottles of Pentasa that I want to give away to someone without insurance coverage. I don't take it anymore. I don't want to break any rules, so I'm thinking maybe I could mail it to your doctor's office and have them give it to you?
{Kenny it is illegal for you to transfer your prescription medication to anyone in any manner including sending it to the recipient's doctor. There are many that wish to do as you would like, but unfortunately if violates a bunch of federal and state laws. ~~ Ides, Moderator}

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   Posted 1/7/2008 5:59 AM (GMT -7)   
The cost of Pentasa at my local pharmacy in Nova Scotia is $170 for 240, 500 mg pills and that includes the dispensing fee. Why is there such a discrepancy between our costs in Canada and what people in the States are paying for this non-generic drug? Our national health plan is not underwriting the cost of these medications. This is the retail price.

30+ years living with Crohn's.

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   Posted 1/7/2008 7:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Kenny that is why Im asking :) I didnt know how to go about Asking.


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   Posted 1/7/2013 5:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I am new to this forum. My name is Danielle and I am a 24 year old who has juat been diagnosed with chrons. After being sick for five months I was finally hospitialized for six days which led to my diagnoses. I have been prescribed pentasa 500 mg and I cannot afford it!!! I tried shire cares but I was denied because they dont affiliate with chrons only ulceraative colitis. If anyone knows anyway I can get this for cheaper please please let me know. I was supposed to start taking it already.

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   Posted 1/7/2013 7:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hmm, when I didn't have prescription coverage several years ago, Shire dramatically discounted my Pentasa, and I have Crohn's, not colitis. Did you contact Shire directly? My only other suggestion is to try buying your Pentasa from Canada, where it is less expensive.
54 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Also have GERD and IBS, gastroparesis (Dx. with c.difficile 1/12- now resolved)

MEDS: Pentasa- 6 500mg pills per day, Dexilant, Domperidone, Metamucil, colace, miralax as needed, Culturelle probiotics .25 xanax for sleep prn

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   Posted 1/8/2013 5:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I buy mine from canada through the internet for $389 for 500 pills 500mg.

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   Posted 1/8/2013 5:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I did a bunch of research on this subject a couple of years ago, so I might not be current but this is what I found.
Pharmaceutical companies business model separates drug invention, licencing and manufacturing. If my memory is correct Shire owns Pentasa and licencees it to Ferring and perhaps others globally. They can and do license it to other manufacturers globally.

Canada buys nationally from Ferring. This a one big buy, which I am sure gives them a quantity discount, and there is substantially less revenue that must be set aside for litigation (perhaps none?) vs. in the states where everyone is always getting sued.
Additionally, the Canadian (and as far as I could find out the rest of the world) Pentasa (Ferring tablets) is different then the US Pentasa (Shire capsules) in the delivery method.
Shire claims the US capsules, which contains tiny grains of pentasa wrapped in a coating, are better at getting the drug through the digestive track and to the small intestine and TI. I could not find any research to support this.
When I was paying I bought all my drugs from Canada because I could not afford US pricing. Now that I have told my insurance about my CD, and they pay, I take US Pentasa. I THINK it is better for me, but as stated above I can not find research to support this
Hope I did not add to the confusion
SCD - Fanatical Compliance since Nov 2010 (Low Carb, Healthy Fats, No Processed Foods, Low Omega 6, Tumeric,...)
Buys all expsensive drugs from Canada
Pentasa (3 x 500), Vit D and B complex, fish oil and SCD vit. Amitriptyline for sleeping
Feeling good to great, almost every day!

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   Posted 9/8/2015 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I was just recently diagnosed with Crohn, prescribed Pentasa only to find that my insurance would not pay for it. Getting 2 months of samples supplies from my doctor , seems as Pentasa is helping me. Now samples are ending, finding out actual price throws me back... $1100 is the minimum i could find for the monthly dose of 240 capsules.

Thinking to start using Canadian pharmacies but reading through this forums, i see that Canadian pills may have different release , and my doctor is telling me that the release point is crucial for me. Wonder if people find actual difference ?

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   Posted 9/8/2015 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I live in minnesota and am retired, so have a pretty high premium each month for my health ins. Coverage.
I pay $90 a month for 180 pills, 500 mg. if I had no ins. It would cost me 805.92.
Next year I go on Medicare, and could end up paying approximately $400 a month for this same prescription. I hate to think of that cost each month. My ins. Person is trying to find the best supplemental drug plan in hopes of getting a lower cost each month for pentasa. I have been on it since I was diagnosed in '97.
It makes me just want to quit taking it and take my chances.
I was surprised to see that Walgreens is less expensive, according to bektold's reply, than what I am paying at our hospital pharmacy, and will give them a call.

Post Edited (ragbag) : 9/8/2015 1:34:44 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/9/2015 10:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi George,

I'm have been on Pentasa for 4 months now and it's not working for me. I paid $1060 no insurance for prescription as of yet. My GI wants to put me on Mercaptopurine after I take a blood test for TPMT levels. This medication has bad side effects and I am really scared to take it. I just had surgery March 12, 2015 and already have inflammation and a narrowing of the ileum again. This disease is a huge challenge for all of us with it.

At times I want to give up since I have had this for 52 years when I was 14 years old. I usually don't let it get to me but I thought with this surgery I have had four small bowel resections I would be put on a medication for remission and this pops up.

Stay well

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   Posted 9/10/2015 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Why spend so much money (or any money at all) on a drug that is no better than placebo?

If that is what your doctor recommended to treat your Crohn's disease, ask your doctor why she/he is prescribing a medication that is expensive and that research shows is of no benefit in treating Crohn's?

Don't waste your money on this medication!

carnations4ever, as for mercaptopurine, lots of people on here take it with little or no side effects. On the other hand, several people have had bad side effects from it. But the majority tolerate it well. The only way to know whether you can tolerate it well is to get the TPMT test, then try the med if your result says you can.
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