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bbc
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   Posted 9/9/2008 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Just started Canasa's and a box of 30 was $118.00 AFTER insurance!!! I have to use these twice a day which equates to about $8.00 per day or $240.00 per month!!! The Rowasa enemas (generic) are a $15 copay for 2 boxes.  The Canasas are more per day than my Lialda! redface
Moderate Pancolitis
Dx'd 05/2007
3 Lialda per day
Generic Rowasa daily or every other night
Probiotics, Bowel Soother, Fish Oil, Calcium, Multi Vitamin and Melatonin
Trying to reduce sugar in my diet but cannot tolerate artificial sweetners
I excersice daily
Did I happen to mention I HATE this disease!!!


bookworm21
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   Posted 9/9/2008 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
That's ridiculous! I think I only had a $20 co-pay for Canasa.
Female, Age 19
9 Asacol, Rowasa1000 mg Canasa, Proctofoam, Rifaximin 2/day
Digestive Advantage (Crohn's & Colitis)1 Florastor, 50 mg 6MP,1 Primadophilus reuteri, Remicade (3 infusions), 2.4 g Lialda, 1 Forvia, 6 Colazal/day, 1 Anucort
 


dakotagirl
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   Posted 9/9/2008 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
My copay for 30 Canasa was $80. I think had I done them mail order it would have been cheaper - but at the time I couldn't wait!

Maybe call your insurance and see if they are formulary and see if you can get a doctor's note stating that you NEED them and maybe insurance will reduce what you have to pay...

The cost of some meds is insane!
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Osteopenia (hip and spine) diagnosed Feb 2006
Status:  Remission?!?!?
Asacol 12 per day,  Azathioprine 100mg, Aciphex, Forvia, and Pro-Bio
Remicade: 1st infusion 06/17/08:  Next infusion: 10/07/08
Last Prednisone dose:  7/15/08
 
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Peety
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   Posted 9/9/2008 2:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, it seems you need to work with your doctor to find the right brand your insurance will cover, or appeal it with your insurance carrier.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA maintenance for 20+ years, usually 3 pills 2x day. 
Currently tapering OFF prednisone from lingering flare;
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Tested gluten intolerant and started gluten-free, soy-free, etc. diet which resolved flare. Also Replete probiotic, DGL (licorice root, slippery elm), Permeability Factors. Slow-release iron and B-12 shots for severe anemia.
 


Judy2
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   Posted 9/9/2008 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
If the insurance won't cover the suppositories, going back to enemas is always an option, too. I suspect the difference is that Rowasa generic is available, and Canasa probably isn't available in the generic so it costs more.
Judy - Southern US 
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
 
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emory
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Total Posts : 327
   Posted 9/9/2008 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
It can be worse, people.

I have decent health insurance through my husband, but no prescription coverage. I pay over $11 a pill for Canasa -- $337/month, I think, and that's with a slight discount negotiated by our county for people without prescription coverage. And it hasn't even cleared things up for me! The same 30 pills would be about $66 if I ordered them from a Canadian pharmacy.

Good to know that Rowasa is available in generic, as that's probably my next route.
40 years old and female
Dx ulcerative proctitis, 3-5 cm, June 2008 (after 5 weeks of blood and mucous) and still flaring
UNTIL 9/4/08: Canasa 1000 mg suppositories nightly, 25 mg hydrocortisone suppositories in a.m.
CURRENTLY: Proctofoam at bedtime
Effexor 37.5, Clonazepam .5 mg (or more) and Trazodone 50 mg for sleep
2.5 mg methimazole for thyroid
Recently started probiotic (Garden of Life Primal Defense Ultra) and acupuncture
Osteopenia (and I haven't even taken steroids!)


Gigi1227
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   Posted 9/9/2008 4:51 PM (GMT -6)   
My Canasa, at Walmart, cost $305.00 for a one months supply.

Gigi1227
Currently Flaring
Diagnosis 8/25/08
Canasa
Asacol
Mega Probiotic
Multi Enzyme
Psyillum

bbc
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   Posted 9/9/2008 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I called my ins co BCBS PPO and was told that I could get on another plan where Canasa would be about $80 for one month vs $240 that it cost's me w/ insurance...my Lialda is another $240 per month and my premium just for me is $750.00 per month alone; my Lialda and Canasa after insurance cost me close to $500.00, that's about $1300.00 per month!!!! My God how do people afford managing this disease?!?

How reliable are Canadian Pharmacies? Perhaps someone can suggest a preferred one for those here without insurance.


Moderate Pancolitis
Dx'd 05/2007
4 Lialda per day
Trying Canasa 2 per day a.m./p.m.
Probiotics, Bowel Soother, Fish Oil, Calcium, Multi Vitamin and Melatonin
Trying to reduce sugar in my diet but cannot tolerate artificial sweetners
I excersice daily
Did I happen to mention I HATE this disease!!!

Post Edited (bbc) : 9/9/2008 7:54:04 PM (GMT-6)


Sara14
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   Posted 9/9/2008 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, that's ridiculous. Mine are a $25 copay, but I have really good insurance. No one should have to pay these ridiculous prices just to feel well.
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa nightly; Canasa weekly; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin


sweetmelody
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   Posted 9/9/2008 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
when i was on canasa i had bluecross blue shield and i only paid 70 somethin for it
Kara, 21F Married.


Medications:

<FONT color=green>Lialda - 4 pills in the morning w/ food.
Steroid Enemas


bbc
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   Posted 9/9/2008 9:25 PM (GMT -6)   
If you cannot get group coverage ( I'm paid via 1099) then the rates for those with a pre-exsisting condition are horrible!!!
Moderate Pancolitis
Dx'd 05/2007
4 Lialda per day
Trying Canasa 2 per day a.m./p.m.
Probiotics, Bowel Soother, Fish Oil, Calcium, Multi Vitamin and Melatonin
Trying to reduce sugar in my diet but cannot tolerate artificial sweetners
I excersice daily
Did I happen to mention I HATE this disease!!!


Sara14
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   Posted 9/9/2008 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Not trying to hijack your thread, but do you know if you lose coverage for a while, but then later get group coverage again, will the insurance typically cover your pre-existing condition even though you've been without insurance for a while?
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa nightly; Canasa weekly; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin


Red_34
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   Posted 9/9/2008 9:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Sara, I believe it depends on a couple of things. If it's a larger company, most times they won't care if you have a pre-existing because bigger the company, larger the insurance company, more $ in their pockets. However, if the insurance plan is small then it might not cover it for a certain amount of time or if at all. My hubby when he worked for a smaller company that paid BC/BS out of their bankroll, I had to wait 3 months before they would cover me. But when he got hired into Ford Motor Company, I had no waiting period and I didn't even have insurance at the time.
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