financial assistance for meds.

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   Posted 1/18/2012 12:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I finally got into my new gi. He says that I need to be on humira or cimzia injections. The only problem is that the county health maintenance program I'm on wont cover them. He said that they cost 8-10,000 dollars a month. I certainly cannot afford that! My question is, have any of you gotten financial assistance through the drug companies or with any other program? How did you go about applying, what's the process and how long does it take for approval? I am really frustrated and now on 40mg of prednisone and I hate how it's making me feel. I appreciate any info you guys could give me. Things are seeming a hopeless right now.

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   Posted 1/18/2012 1:50 PM (GMT -7)   
A GI who knows his stuff should be able to help you with this, or point you to a drug rep who can guide you through the process. These things vary from region to region. Roughly where do you live, Cranky?

As an example, here in Ontario there are a few options - Provincial healthcare support through Trillium, and the RemiStart program offers financial assistance from the drug company itself.

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   Posted 1/18/2012 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   
My gi said that he was gonna check and see what financial help he could get for me, but he's on vacation for the next two weeks so I am trying to see what info I can come up with in the mean time. I live in Polk county, Florida and I am on Polk healthcare plan.

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   Posted 7/11/2012 6:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Cranky,

My husband was very recently diagnosed, and his GI wants him on Humira. The pharmaceutical company that makes it is Abbott, and they have a patient assistance program. We did not think we were considered low-income, but when you think of spending 1200-1600 in meds each month it changes your perspective. Since my husband is unable to work, my income qualified us for the program and they pay for the Humira. All of it. We were able to get samples from our awesome GI and get my husband out of the hospital. The Abbott application took about 2 weeks, and they sent us about 3 months worth. We were able to give some doses back to our GI. Everyone I spoke to was very friendly and it was super easy once all the paperwork is filled out.

I hope you get some answers and hopefully get off the meds soon!

Take care.
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