cellcept alternatives?

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   Posted 10/1/2007 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
It's been a long time since I've posted. 
Sorry if this question has already been addressed.
I just found out a bit ago, my RX for cellcept is going to cost over $171.00 and this is with insurance.  I have a 50% coinsurance for brand names.  Have any others experienced similar situations? And what did your rheumatologist recommend as alternatives?  I just can not afford that every month as a "maintenance"  medication.   I just can't believe the price. 
I hope you are all doing well.  For those going through rough times, warm hugs to you all. 

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   Posted 10/1/2007 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, clogan, that's a real problem. Have you called your rheumy and asked her or him? I doubt if samples are available but maybe your doctor has a suggestion. Someone else here may have another idea. Please let us know if you find a solution to this. You won't believe how well pharmaceutical stocks are doing and I don't doubt that is partly because of the high prices of the drugs they manufacture. There is something wrong with the system and I'm sorry you're experiencing the effects of it.
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   Posted 10/2/2007 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi clogan,

Sorry you have such a gap in coverage for your meds. *phewwww!* That is rough.

Patty's idea of samples sounds like the best shot. And also her idea of asking about an alternative.

I don't know if it would be any help because you do have "some" insurance . . . but there is a list of web-sites that will help with meds for low-income households. My daughter has actually received free meds directly from the manufacturer . . . she just had to fill out forms. Anyway, the websites are listed in "Lupus Resources" topic (link included at the bottom of my signature).

Gosh . . . I hope you find some help with that. Don't be shy about contacting the manufacturer either. If you don't ask, they can't help!!


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