Weird ...(but good) Prescription experience

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   Posted 9/3/2010 6:47 PM (GMT -7)   
So I had an appt with my GI on Monday, and he wrote me a rx for sfRowasa (sulfite-free Rowasa enemas) for 14 days. I called the pharmacy and asked how much it would cost, and the tech told me "27.99." Yeah Right. I basically told him (in a very nice way of course) that there's NO WAY it could be that cheap, and could he please check again because I HATE expensive surprises...and he was adamant about $27.99. He says the generic is only 9.99, do you want the generic? I told him if we're only talking about $20 difference, I would get the brand.

So I go tp the pharmacy on Wednesday, and GUESS WHAT??? (Can you guess where I'm going with this??) The drugs cost $160, not $27.99! Imagine that. So I politely refuse. They then tell me there's no generic version of the sf, so I ask them to find out if they can give me a non-sf form of generic enema. They'll check, call my GI and see if the sf is important, etc. They were very nice about it and I was surprisingly non-biatchy.

So here's the odd thing. The pharmacist called me yesterday and said "I talked to the manufacturer of the sfRowasa and it turns out we do have a generic equivalent of the sf, and it'll just be a $10 copay." Yea! I'll take it.

So I pick up the rx earlier tonight, pay my $10 copay, and take my happy generic meds home. When i open the packaging, however - it's the sfRowasa inside!!!!! So I don't know if the pharmacy accidentally gave me the wrong stuff, or if they felt bad that they told me the wrong price and just gave me the more expensive enemas anyway? In any case, I'm going to assume it was purposeful and not look a gift horse in the mouth.

Anyway, it was just weird, and since I'm sitting around on a Friday night, I might as well share my good news! :)

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   Posted 9/4/2010 9:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I use the generic mesalamine enemas and pay $5 for my 28 doses. I LOVE that. Glad it worked out for you!
48 yrs old, IBD diagnosis in spring '01. Proctitis, gastritis, ileitis.
Currently taking Pentasa (6g/day), Sulfazine (1.5 g/day), Prevacid, vit. D (20K iu), flax seed oil (2 tsp/day), mesalamine enema as needed.

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   Posted 9/4/2010 10:46 AM (GMT -7)   
funny story! I'm on compounded budesonide suppositories (though, I've been on compounded budesonide enemas, too). Both are *very* expensive and my insurance does not cover compounded meds at all. So I pay ~ $200 every 3 months for them. I always think it's a crime that we should have to spend so much $$ on stuff we have to stick up our... bleep! Seriously... haha, couldn't resist because I always think that! Glad you got a good price!
1 fistula with two tracts, crohn's colitis, limited to large intestine
Compounded budesonide 3mg/daily, Cimzia. Dx Osteoporosis 10/08 started Forteo 1/27/09
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