trouble paying for Lialda

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   Posted 7/12/2009 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone else had difficulty paying for Lialda? Have just been dx'd with UC, on prednisone and Lialda (so far have rec'd samples from GI doc). It's working but my insurance doesn't seem to cover. Have been quoted $400. Trying to figure out how to make this work, since I am not currently working. Any experience getting on their patient assistance program? shakehead

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   Posted 7/13/2009 6:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I am in the P&G program for Asacol (same as Lialda but you have to take more pills per day). It is not a program you can get into if you're working and have insurance. You have to provide tax forms showing low income. You can look up the program for Lialda and see what is required to participate. It makes the drugs 100% free.
Diagnosed with mild proctitis in March 2007: Treated with Canasa (as needed)
December 08: Began treating with Asacol 400mg (9/day) + Canasa 2x/day - Anemic
May 09: Off Canasa, taking Asacol (9/day)
Back on Canasa every other night + Asacol (9/day) + Probiotics + Iron
Reducing to 6 Asacol/day + Canasa + Probiotics + Iron - So far so good!!! -SPOKE TOO SOON! Back to 9/day...

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   Posted 7/13/2009 7:52 AM (GMT -6)   
DianeLynn, welcome to HealingWell! I'm sorry you had to find us this way, but we are happy to have you join us. The cost of meds can be daunting, but I believe some of the pharma companies are trying to help defray some of the costs by offering different programs. I haven't had to use the the programs myself, but here is a link to Shire Pharm's patient assistance site:
Hope this helps, and again, welcome!

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   Posted 7/13/2009 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   
You could also look in to Apriso, which is similar to Lialda (they are both one daily mesalamine drugs). Salix, the manufacturer, has a program that will reimburse you for your monthly co pay (up to $50 per month).

However, it kind of sounds like your insurance might only cover Asacol. Some insurances will only cover the least expensive form of a drug if there are several with the same active ingredient. Asacol works great, it's just a bit harder to use since you have to remember multiple doses over the day. I was doing fine on it, but chose to switch to Apriso for convenience.
Status: Remission since late May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Currently taking Apriso (4 pills ONCE!! daily), Rowasa twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, and Zoloft (25 mg).

Ashley O
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   Posted 7/13/2009 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Lialda has a special offer on their website. When you join the patient assistance program they send you a coupon to redeem one bottle of 60 1.2mg pills as a free trial that you can redeem through your doctor and pharmacy. For me that would be 15 days since I take 4 pills in the mornings. It might be 30 days of free meds for you if you only take 2 a day. So you could start with that and take it from there?
Female, Age 20, DX w/Left sided UC October 2005
DX w/Universal Colitis June 2009
Currently in Flare with moderate symptoms

Present Meds: Switching to Lialda 4 pills 1x daily and Canasa Suppositories (hopefully this combo will work, if not back on the Pred-unless I want to try Humira or Cimzia)

Past Meds: 40 mg Prednisone Daily for 1 year, Miralax Daily, Ginger Supplements, Remicade Aug 2006-June 2009

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   Posted 7/13/2009 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I have to pay $590 for my Asacol every 90days.  Lialda which I used to take would have cost me $1600.  I can't even afford my Rowasa.  It is $100 a week.  That is with insurance.  When I start my Remicade I will be bankrupt.

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   Posted 7/13/2009 10:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed in 1990. I threw away the drugs in 1993. I cured myself gradually through diet and supplements and have been perfectly great since April 2008.

Liza D
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   Posted 7/14/2009 12:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Dianelynn, email me. I may be able to help.

I have my email public so you can just click on the icon to the left.
UC (Pancolitis... 90%!) December 2001
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Osteopenia (2008)
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   Posted 7/14/2009 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I had the same problem paying for my Asacol, turns out my insurance had a deductable.
21, female, diagnosed 3/6/2009
Mild ulcerative colitis from rectum to mid transverse colon
Currently taking Asacol (3x/day) and Calcium/D supplements

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