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Free / low cost prescription assistant programs for recovery


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suzette
Free / low cost prescription assistant programs for recovery
I've been tripping on the price of my meds...
....I've done more than one thread here on the subject,
because I didn't know what to do...
....so now I do.
I'm fully checked out, on one direction you can go,
.... and I'll give a you full report on what I found out.
justcats gave me this link to...needy meds
I filled out an on-line application that included my Dr.'s name..
....and how much money I make, and what meds I'm on.
I'm prescribed 90/30 mlgram adderrall XR capsules a month.
thru the needy meds web site.... .....who finds the proper channels for you to go thru.
adderrall corp.
.... sent me an application in the mail, for my Dr. to sign and me to fill out.....
...........I sent it back with my W2 form, to prove my income.
in 3 weeks or so, they sent my Dr. a card for me, like a credit card..
......for 30 free adderrall per month.
that I present at the pharmacy, with the script.
so, my prescription dropped from 331.00 to 220.00 a month.
.... I'm still looking for more relief.

but, that's what info I got for you so far.
the entire process took about 8 weeks, because I forgot to send my W2 in the 1st time. ...and I am ADHD and have a difficult time mailing things  I don't know why......it probably takes about 6 weeks.
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Penel0pe Re: Free / low cost prescription assistant programs for recovery
Suz - PLEASE PLEASE let me know how this works out for you.

We have major issues getting patients their meds after they leave the hospital - those who WORK but make minimum wage don't qualify for MediCal insurance... they can get "CMSP" with a monthly share of cost that makes it impossible for them to get their meds!
JUSTCATS Re: Free / low cost prescription assistant programs for recovery
I believe, I may have more info on several other drug assistance programs. I am going to check into it... I hope I still have them!!!
scared
mom
Re: Free / low cost prescription assistant programs for recovery
Pen
I posted on this a couple weeks ago as well. If you look in any magazine that advertises drugs at the bottom of most it says something like....
Eligible patients who are having difficulty affording Schering-Plough medications can call the S-P cares Patient Assistance Program at 1 800 656 9485 to see if they qualify for assistance or visit www.pparx.org
Almost all of the big paramedical companies offer an assistance program. You can get information about the programs from a pharmacist as well.
From what I hear there is some work involved in getting the medications but that many people are actually able to get them at little or no cost if they qualify.
JUSTCATS Re: Free / low cost prescription assistant programs for recovery
Here are the three prescription assistance programs that I have info on:
www.needymeds.com
www.pparx.org
www.TogetherRxAccess.com

Suzie has tried the Needy meds site. My mom has tried the Together Rx one- when they had the senior one. She got $300 a month medication for around $10 a month. My parents are not poor- just average income, and they still got a huge discount. However, they have discontinued the seniors discount site and turned into the TogetherRXAccess site. I called their 1-800-444-4106 number and talked to a lady that said, since the seniors are now getting assistance with meds, that they now offer drug assistance for people under 65 that are low income or no income...

We should keep this info posted on this site somewhere. There are way too many people struggling to buy medications that they need.
I hope this helps someone...
Tender
heartsKS
Re: Free / low cost prescription assistant programs for recovery
Also check with local medical centers/doctor's offices for any volunteer programs that help people with prescriptions. I drive 32 miles to a medical center where they have the Schick Prescription Drug Program, staffed by volunteers. They assist you in finding out what RX companies help with meds, help you with all the paperwork, and order your refills when you need them. I get my long-term scripts at no cost. It's been a lifesaver for me!
JUSTCATS Re: Free / low cost prescription assistant programs for recovery
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Also check with local medical centers/doctor's offices for any volunteer programs that help people with prescriptions.

That's a good idea... Doctors and pharmacists know of all of these things that aren't made public. All you have to do is ask...

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girl99
Re: Free / low cost prescription assistant programs for recovery
Today (at my therapist's urging) I went to visit my primary care physician. After a brief discussion about side effects, etc., I came home with a 10-week supply of Lexapro, which is an antidepressant.
Free of charge.
When I need a refill, as long as they have it, they will give it to me.
This has happened not only there, but with my optometrist, ear nose & throat specialist, and others.
Sometimes all you have to do is ask.
Now I know not everyone has insurance and can just run to the doctor, so let me tell you about this:

I have a very close friend who has diabetes. Over the last couple of years he has been unemployed and has had no health insurance. At times he has had major problems getting his insulin.
Just a few months ago he was in a terrible bind.
This is an intelligent, resourceful person -- He remembered that he had a friend of a friend who had a brother-in-law who was a doctor. He ended up meeting a guy at a convenience store who gave him enough insulin samples to get by until the free clinic could help him again.
He did what it took to get his medication, and he is just fine now.
He took action, used his noggin, and got the help he needed, even if it was somewhat unorthodox.
I don't by any means promote meeting anyone in an alley for any drug, ever! Been there a time or two, but that's not what this is about. Some of us have been very creative in finding the ways and means to use. We could put that creativity to work in other areas.
Oh, and my friend has NEVER used an illicit drug of any kind. He just did what he had to do.

Hope this helps somebody
Penel0pe Re: Free / low cost prescription assistant programs for recovery
Hey - want to thank you again for this information - i noticed that when you click on a link, MORE resources pop up - this is INVALUABLE to our patients and we plan to begin using this information as a resource - I'll let you know how it goes!

Tuolumne County Acute Psychiatric thanks you, JUSTCATS!!!

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