Posted 12/28/2008 9:11 AM (GMT -7)
Hi, I am sorry this is happening to you and I can relate. I have basic insurance, but it only covers up to $500/year and I met that cap in just 2 months, so they no longer paid for any of my meds either. Luckily I still had some savings and I hadn't yet met my cap for doctor visits for the year. But what I did was research all the prescription assistance programs. I was on unemployment as well so my income was much less. What these programs usually do is give you contacts (and/or applications) for many drug companies. You apply with them and have to provide proof of your income and usually can't make more than a certain amount, though each drug company has different income limits and some have tiers where you might have to pay a small co-pay, depending on your income. I applied with Pfizer directly and also typed a hardship letter, mailed it in along with all my UE stubs, etc...and new scripts from my doctor. I was approved for their FREE program! So now I get my Lyrica for free, which was costing me over $200 per month before. And instead of taking Ultram ER (which has no generic and is expensive), my doc switched me to regular generic tramadol. I also switched one of my doses of Soma to generic, so now these 2 meds all together only cost me $30 per month, where before it was over $300. Then I already have a generic plaquenil script that i've taken for years, but that only costs about $45 every 3 months. So it's really worth it to apply for prescription assistance. But, you would have to get new prescriptions and mail them in to the drug company so you would have to see your doctor. Did you call their office and explain you have no insurance? They might be able to work with you or even just charge you what they usually get from insurance companies (which is wayyy less than their normal charges).