I was on a Lialda study for 7 weeks, with free Lialda, but flunked out since I had not healed enough for their requirements. I prayed my insurance would cover it so I made the call and believe it or not they covered it since they would consider Asacol a drug failure. Apparently, they will cover it if you tried a drug on their formulary ( a list of drugs they prefer you use) first.
I feel so much better on the Lialda. Mainly, the fatigue has disappeared and life is worth living again. You forget what is normal after being sick for so long. I used to feel as if labor pains had started again now its pretty normal, just the urgency.
I truly hope you can get yur insurance to pay. Enlist your physicians help, mine just fax'd a form to the insurance the same day. Its a nice drug for some of us. Be persistant! Also, I almost forgot, the makers of Lialda gave me a card limiting the $$$$ I'd have to pay out each month on the drug. Not sure if this is only for the study participants, but it was a wonderfu gesture.
Prescriptions: Lialda (on a study)
asacol, hycosamine, protonix, synthroid, zyrtec, avalide, nasocort, Miacalcin spray and Trazadone for sleep.
OTCs: Usana multivitamins and multiminerals, Usana Procosa, Usana Mega Antioxidants, Omega 3, Vit. E, Healthy trinity probiotics, Calcium Citrate