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missmdr
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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 1/15/2009 7:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I was just wondering if anyone didn't have insurance and had to pay for their meds out of pocket?
Our new insurance for 2009 has a very low monthly cost through my husbands work, and they give each famiily $1000 for the year.  After this point, the consumer must pay out of pocket the next $2000 at which point traditional health care coverage kicks in.
When we signed up for this option, it sounded great.  They give you $1000 - that should last a while, right? 
Well WRONG!
I got my first 90 d prescription of my Asacol, and it used up 2/3 of the $1000 allottment.  This was "my bad" having not considered prescriptions at the time of choosing our health plan.
That being said, I am astonished that after being on the market as long as it has been, Asacol has no generic version yet????
So I was wondering how anyone could pay for this out of pocket???  Thos w/out health insurance, or job loss etc.
I had no idea through the years that I was paying (through ins) $4k on this maintence drug.  It's astounding and eye opening.
xx
melanie

Samynic
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 56
   Posted 1/15/2009 7:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I get 12 bottles at a time for free from Proctor and Gamble. otherwise there would be no way I could take it..... filled out a page on their website and got the dr to sign it, a week later I had all the meds
22 years old
Diagnosed with left-sided UC June 2005
First colonoscopy December 30, 2008- dx'd with Pancolitis

Have taken:
Cortifoam, Sulfasalazine, Cipro, Flagyl, Codine, Hydrocodone, Roxicodone, Canasa, Aloe Vera Juice

Currently:
Asacol, Dicyclomine,Zoloft, Presnisone, Calcium, Vitamin D, Zantac, Flintstones Vitamins with Iron


notsosicklygirl
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 16736
   Posted 1/15/2009 8:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I am going to sign up through procter and gamble too but right now I pay out of pocket and between Asacol and Canasa, it is like 400-500 a month. I order from Canada it is WAY cheaper there. 300 Asacol is about 200. It would be 400 here.

Diagnosed with proctitis in March 2007 - Treated with Canasa 2x Daily
Diagnosed with UC December but had symptoms months ago - Treating with Asacol (feel hopeless)


Peety
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 2855
   Posted 1/15/2009 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   
That's why I never choose that kind of "self-directed" or Health Savings Account option for health insurance. Our drugs would quickly eat up the company contribution.
When they promote it at my workplace, they don't do a very good job of explaining it, and I always am speaking up to warn folks to know the retail cost of their Rx! Fortunately they still also offer traditional insurance options that have the traditional Rx benefit.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder, then Forte, now a stronger one (50 billion). Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 


Old Hat
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 5191
   Posted 1/15/2009 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
There's no Q about our getting ripped off in the U.S. on the cost of basic UC meds. You are likely better off not having a generic for Asacol. Last year generics for Colazal came on the market; now some of us do not get relief of our ailment from the generic plus, in some cases, our health insurance no longer covers the cost of original Colazal because a generic exists! The pharmaceuticals get us either way! Rx prices vary around the country, too. In my area Colazal cost ca. $780 for a month's supply before the generic came out; now post-generic it still is pricey: $630. We've done several other threads on prices during the past year or two if you want to look them up. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

glamourgirl
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 460
   Posted 1/15/2009 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Vancomycin (the antibiotic for c. diff) is CRAZY expensive. It's $2000 for just a few week supply. I agree, how would anyone afford these drugs without insurance? The bad part is that half the time they don't work so you're basically gambling and paying a ton of money in hopes that something will work.
Female, Age 38
Diagnosed w/c.diff 7/02 when pregnant w/1st and only child during 2nd trimester(wasn't on antibiotics)
C.diff flare within weeks of delivering baby 1/03, Diagnosed with UC 2/03
Current Meds:
75mg 6-MP
Ferrex Forte
Acidophillus, Sacchromyces Boulardii, Oil of Oregano


thatfield
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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 823
   Posted 1/15/2009 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep, not a fan at all of the Health Savings plans!
Dx 2006 right after the birth of my daughter
Lialda now down to 1 pill a day!
Canasa on and off as needed
Probiotics Daily
 


jano437
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Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 1614
   Posted 1/15/2009 3:56 PM (GMT -6)   
On proctor and gambles application, it askes if you have insurance. My insurance sucks, but i do have it. Will that hurt my chances of getting the free perscription?
Diagnosed July 2005 with Pancolitis
Asacol 4 tabs 3 times daily
Pro-Bio
Forvia
calcium
Entocort 3 in the morning


IndianaUC
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 212
   Posted 1/15/2009 4:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Last fall I was able to get insurance through the state of Indiana. I'm pretty impressed with this insurance thus far. Prior to that, I didn't have insurance and life was pretty stressful dealing with the cost of medicine. My only option was to go on Sulfasalazine. I was able to find it for $15 for a 90 day supply. The price went up after a while, but only to $30/90 day supply. I was never able to afford the Canasa that I use now. It's cost is somewhere close to $400 for a 30 day supply.

On my current insurance, all prescriptions are free. If the generic is available then I have to get the generic. I did learn that there is a difference in generics and now make sure that the pharmacy only fills me up with Sulfasalazine from the Greenstone Labs and not Watson Labs. The Watson Labs Sulfasalazine might as well be orange dusted cardboard because it never worked.
- DXed with "left sided" UC in 1998. DXed with "proctitis" Oct. 2007
- Sulfasalazine 3 500mg tabs twice daily
- 500mg Vitamin C, 1 Multivitamin, L-Glutamine
- Max Acidophillis EC Capsules 350Mg(7 types of bacteria with over 42 billion viable cells) with 50 Mg colostrum & 50 Mg FOS(fructo-oligosaccharides)
- Experimenting with this or that on occasion. Always open to new ideas.
- Colonoscopies - 2 (Due for my next one ASAP)
- Canasa 1000mg @night. Started Oct. 23, 2008
- Niferex-150 Forte 1 capsule 2x Daily


notsosicklygirl
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 16736
   Posted 1/15/2009 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know if you are eilgible if you have insurance. I just looked into it and I think I am not going to be able to do it either because my income was slightly too high. It is crazy because I really can't afford the medication and need assistance. Did you look at the requirements? It says you have to have made under 21,000 as an individual. What if you mde 22,000? You're not eligible? it's not like that extra $1,000 is enabling you to live frivolously.
 
 
Check it out.
 
Jano437 said...
On proctor and gambles application, it askes if you have insurance. My insurance sucks, but i do have it. Will that hurt my chances of getting the free perscription?



Diagnosed with proctitis in March 2007 - Treated with Canasa 2x Daily
Diagnosed with UC December but had symptoms months ago - Treating with Asacol (feel hopeless)

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