I have the same problem with affording Asacol right now...I can't :( I have been doing research for a month now on what to do.
Anyway, I called Warner Chilcott (USA producers of Asacol) and they gave out numbers for physicians to call to order samples:
1-800-521-8813 option 1
My regular doctor MAY be able to get samples of Asacol 400 mg for me.
The Asacol HD savings card program only brings the copay down if you ARE COVERED. If you aren't covered, you only get $50.00 off the retail price of the medication.
You may want to call their number and ask them directly, although I have called a few times and w/o insurance you will get $50 off the retail price which is expensive. However, once your insurance kicks in at your new job they will help take $50 off your copay. Here is the number:
There are other options in the sense that perhaps you could get on a different drug. However, if you do well on Asacol you might just want to order it from Canada for three months. From what I know you should have a script
in order to buy VALID Asacol from Canada. I've been told that these pharmacies are good:
Look at these threads for more info about
buying meds safely from Canada.https://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=10&m=1940298&g=1977421#m1977421
I myself might end up doing that if I have too. I plan to buy BRAND Asacol from Canada although some on here have used generic mesalamine and say it was fine. I'm meeting w/my GI this coming week to discuss options.
There are CHEAPER alternative meds out there:
sulfasalazine (but that isn't a good option if you are allergic to sulfa)
colazal (generic is balsalazide disodium)
Also, Lialda is a comparable drug that has a PPA program right now. However, w/your situation lasting for 3 months you may just want to get Canadian Asacol UNTIL your insurance kicks in. I have a different situation where I do NOT get health insurance from my employer so I might have to switch medication.
GOOD LUCK and hang in there!
PS Here is some info I posted just the other day:
The first link is an informative article about how to save money on prescription drugs.
Then there are a couple of links that were within this article that seemed particularly helpful.
One is about pap programs.
Unfortunately, right now the only PAP program for Asacol is the savings card for Asacol HD 800 mg.
Here is a link about state programs.
This other link offers drug price/plan price comparisons:
Post Edited (Graciegirl) : 2/21/2011 9:01:39 PM (GMT-7)