Posted 4/27/2008 2:10 AM (GMT -6)
I have not found relief from Oxycontin, but I was in the same boat as you. Really, many of us are in the same boat. For one reason or another, its difficult to pay for the med's we need. This includes some med's which don't offer a generic. For instance, I have great medical coverage through the University that I am at; I can go to any doctor at any time and have it paid for. However, I have absolutely no prescription coverage. So, I've had to "work within the system." I don't qualify for medicare or medicaid because I choose to keep working part time now, and because I want to work in the future. (Fortunately, my pain is under control pretty well :)) Now, I am on at pain meds, which is pretty much the norm in the pain management arena; a breakthrough med and a long acting medicine. My long acting med is Methadone, and that only costs me 38 dollars a month for 240 tablets. So, that doesn't really require any assistance. However, most people find that along with Methadone's extroardinary ability to relieve pain for a very long time, and its comprehensive pain relieving abilities, that it also blocks out most other opiates. Because of this, I can't take the normal short acting opiates for breakthrough pain because they just don't have any effect. So, I have to take a fentanyl preparation called Fentora. This is a brand name drug which can cost anywhere from 3000 to 8000 dollars per month out of pocket, and has no generic, and won't have a generic for another 13 years or so. Because I have absolutely no hope of paying for this out of pocket, and because I have no prescription coverage, I had to find an alternative. As it turns out, the majority of pharmaceutical companies offer patient assistance for their medicines. Now, the criteria for acceptance into the program varies. Some programs will require a copay, so just send you your medication for free. Anyways, in your case, I know for sure that Purdue Frederick, the maker of the brand name OxyContin, has a patient assistance program available. Because I am not a part of it, I don't know the details, but I do know that it is available on the Purdue's Website:
OxyContin Patient Assistance Program:
Info: Phone Number: 1-800-599-6070
The patient must have no insurance and have an income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. The patient must also be a US resident. There is also a co-pay of $25 for each prescription that must be sent in as a money order. Any patient who is denied assistance can appeal the decision by resending the application with a letter of explanation. This includes patients with insurance, patients in a gap, people who are eligible for Medicare Part D but did not enroll and patients who are in the Medicare Part D Donut Hole.
The doctor/doctor's office should call for an application. The application is faxed to the doctor's office. The completed application must be mailed bacThe doctor must fill out a section, sign the application and attach a prescription. The patient must fill out a section, sign the application and attach proof of income and proof of residency.
Up to a 30-day supply is sent to the patient's home. A new prescription is needed for each refill. Once a year a new application with financial documentation is needed
Purdue Frederick Patient Assistance Program
PO Box 66547
St Louis, MO 63166-6547
Hope This Helps!