have health insurance but costs are insane (Lialda, Rowansa)

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turnpkegates
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   Posted 2/15/2009 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   
just went to cvs to pick up my medicane and the Lialda was $350 and the Rowansa was $450....how do people afford this...what does this stuff cost without health insurance? Anyone know of any way around paying these outragous prices?

Dr-A
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   Posted 2/15/2009 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
That is the cost without insurance coverage, or maybe you just have some sort of discount plan.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Lialda 1 day
Immuran
Golimumab study
Vitamin E Enemas as needed
Probiotis/GreenTea/VitD+Ca/SuperDHA

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turnpkegates
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   Posted 2/15/2009 3:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I have Cigna Health Insurance...

Mamas Boys
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   Posted 2/15/2009 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
do you possibly have to pay up front and then submit for a refund?  that is what I do and those prices sound like the full price to me.

KTM


turnpkegates
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   Posted 2/15/2009 3:10 PM (GMT -6)   
yeah and i have diabetes on top of that now from the prednisone...dont know how i am going to afford to live

Dr-A
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   Posted 2/15/2009 3:13 PM (GMT -6)   
If I had to do the pay up front and submit deal I would get a credit card with good rewards program for prescriptions and at least get money back that way too. Just pay it off monthly to avoid finance charges.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Lialda 1 day
Immuran
Golimumab study
Vitamin E Enemas as needed
Probiotis/GreenTea/VitD+Ca/SuperDHA


Cfromutah
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   Posted 2/15/2009 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
try the spinach and sunflower seed diet. It keeps me in remission without having to take any meds.

Sara14
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   Posted 2/15/2009 4:50 PM (GMT -6)   
My generic Rowasa is only $10 for 14 bottles with my insurance. That sounds like full price...definitely call your insurance company and ask or ask the pharmacist where you bought it if insurance paid any of that amount.
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa; Canasa; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; sublingual allergy drops; Ortho Tri-Cyclen


Peety
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   Posted 2/15/2009 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you tried mail order? Maybe your insurance requires it for maintenance drugs.
I would pay much more if I didn't use the mail order service.
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. 


jars05
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   Posted 2/15/2009 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Try Remicade that was even more outrageous for just one treatment.
Age: 31
Location: Missouri
Diagnosed with UC in 1997.
Medications: 100 mg Azathioprine a day
 
 
 
 


Mamas Boys
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   Posted 2/15/2009 6:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I use a citicard - gives 5% back on all drugstore purchases.  also ordering from an online pharmacy like drugstore.com can save you significantly - almost 30% cheaper than a regular drug store.  if you're quick about submitting for a refund right away you usually get the money back in time for your next drug purchase.
KTM


Dr-A
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   Posted 2/15/2009 7:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, my azathioprine is 20$ cheaper at drugstore.com compared with my local cvs
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Lialda 1 day
Immuran
Golimumab study
Vitamin E Enemas as needed
Probiotis/GreenTea/VitD+Ca/SuperDHA


thatfield
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   Posted 2/15/2009 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
My Lialda is $30.00 with my insurance...
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
 


glamourgirl
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   Posted 2/16/2009 8:22 AM (GMT -6)   
The highest copay I have is $100, you should definitely check to see what exactly your prescription coverage is.
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


lakegirl
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   Posted 2/16/2009 1:02 PM (GMT -6)   

I have the same problem with the cost of Lialda...I am on Medicare Part D. The cost is too much for me to buy it... I got one months supply and am trying to make it last longer...it really helped me a lot.

 

I also got a coupon from the Lialda website for a free 15 day supply with a prescription from your Dr.


Susan


lakegirl
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   Posted 2/16/2009 1:02 PM (GMT -6)   

I have the same problem with the cost of Lialda...I am on Medicare Part D. The cost is too much for me to buy it... I got one months supply and am trying to make it last longer...it really helped me a lot.

 

I also got a coupon from the Lialda website for a free 15 day supply with a prescription from your Dr.


Susan

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