Trying to reduce my cost for Pentasa

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   Posted 1/12/2010 10:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I just came back from the pharmacy and my new Pentasa prescription will come to $300.00 per month. I saw on line that there is a generic (Mesalamine) and potentially purchasing from Canada.
I have spent over $5k in the last 3 weeks trying to figure out what is wrong with me and am looking for a way to reduce my new prescription cost.
Does anyone have any suggestions please???
Thank you

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   Posted 1/12/2010 10:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Are you in the US?  If so, here's a link to a website called NeedyMeds, where there are links to patient assitance programs for the meds commonly used to treat CD/UC
Pentasa is on there, but the program is only good if you don't have insurance.
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   Posted 1/12/2010 11:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I buy drugs from Canada, mostly Asacol (it's generic there). I recommend for finding a highly rated one.
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   Posted 1/12/2010 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
There are multiple types of mesalamine medications. There is not only Pentasa, Asacol, Colazal, Lialda and Azulfadine. The work in different areas of the intestines. I would look at Fruitgirl's suggestion.
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   Posted 1/12/2010 5:09 PM (GMT -7)   
You can also try to contact the drug company and see if they offer any assistance. At one point I had no insurance coverage for one of my scripts and the drug company was able (after alot of paper work ) send me the medication in the mail each month. There were alot of hoops to jump threw this way but they covered the cost.
I hope this helps.
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   Posted 1/12/2010 7:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Fruitgirl and jesse's_girl are right, I used to be on the patient assistance program for Pentasa and it was completely free for me through the company, I have no insurance.
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Tried Remicade 2 yrs ago for about a year and a half and loved it, got off it due to costs, tried Humira and it just didn't work for me so now back on Remicade.

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