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   Posted 1/25/2008 10:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I am having to take cell cept for lupus, which has now affecting my kidneys. I have been on for about a year and half. Recently our insurance company is giving us a run around for covering cell cept. We are now paying $370 a month after the insurance company pays (or not paying) their portion. Is anyone else having this problem, and what are you paying a month?? (I am on 500mg dosage). Thanks for any imput. kc

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Barbara Lee
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   Posted 1/25/2008 11:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi KC:

First welcome to the forum. I'm sorry to hear that your lupus is affecting your kidneys. I don't take cellcept at this time, we've got members here who do, hopefully they'll be along to give you some advice. I just was wondering have you contacted the company that makes cellcept. Some of the drug companies have assistance programs that helps patients to pay for the drugs, just a thought.

Wishing you the best and please let us know how things turn out.

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   Posted 1/25/2008 11:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi KC, welcome to the group. I have never used this service but you should give it a shot anf find out what it's all about. it's re: freemedicine

when you get to the page on the left it says you want an application but at the top of the page it has an 800 # to ask any questions. cellcept was one of the drugs that is available. Let us know. there are alot of people who have to pay out rageous amounts of money for scripts.

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Post Edited (okie) : 1/25/2008 9:51:56 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/27/2008 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi KC sorry to hear you are having trouble with the cellcept and with the insurance. i pay $9 a month for my script but that is because i have military insurance and the only reason i even pay the co-pay is because the pharmacy at the army post doesnt carry it. Have you looked into Walgreens or Walmart's $4 prescriptions? Barbara also has a good idea if you try to contact the drug company or maybe asking your doc if you could switch to another drug like cellcept (sorry i forgot the name of it). or try challenging the insurance company. i hope you can find a solution to this issue.
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   Posted 1/27/2008 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I pay a *lot* for my insurance, consequently it pays for my whole Cellcept prescription. Without insurance, the cost here in GA, US, at a CVS is about $1115 for a months supply if you are taking 6 500mg tablets per day.

If you are taking only 1 500mg tablet per day, the price here would be about $186 per month, or $6.20 per pill.

I would shop around at pharmacy's near you, as some have suggested. I believe if you join one of the membership stores, like Sam's or Costco, you can get better prices.

Email me privately (click on the envelop to the left of this posting) for a couple more ideas.


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   Posted 1/29/2008 2:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I also take CellCept but am fortunate because my insurance covers most of the cost. It's an expensive drug, but boy is it effective. I was initially taking 2,000 mg. but like you, it affected my kidneys so my rheumy dropped me down to 500 mg, 250 in the am and 250 at night. I felt better on the higher dose almost immediately, and hated to lower the dose but at least I'm able to tolerate the 500mg. I hope you can too. Good luck in figuring out how to get assistance with the cost.
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