Behind the scenes of everything you see here on the blog, I’ve been talking with someone close to me. She and her husband are dealing with medical mayhem. He’s sick and she’s doing what she can to help and advocate for him.
They’ve been on a journey down this road for some time and like anyone on a medical journey, it can get long and frustrating. One of the things they are facing now is dealing with drug costs and how insurance covers them.
I’ve been there…and I’ve done this. I’ve talked about it before as well.
One of the medicines…
they are needing is well into the thousands of dollars. The name of the drug was listed as generic. I ended up helping her out by looking up the name of the non-generic form. Then I looked up the website of the non-generic form. Then I found out that there is a financial assistance program for that drug. I ended up sending her the link to the financial assistance form and they applied and got help.
MANY drug companies have financial assistance for drugs that are super high priced. Right now I am taking oral chemo and my insurance wouldn’t cover it. I was able to get for free from the company through their financial assistance program.
Do I love to be using a program that offers financial assistance?…No. But it is there for people like me and if it means a chance for a few more years with my family, I’m going to do it. Pride or not.
I am on a med that helps with blood pressure. I’m only on a low dose. Several years ago, I was initially prescribed Crestor. It was like $200 for 30 days. UGH. I ended up asking for a generic and it was much cheaper. About a year later, my generic price went up high…I ended up talking with the pharmacy, went online and got coupons, and then changed my prescription to 90 days and it was only $40. HOW CRAZY IS THAT??
I then learned that the prices of medicine and how it’s covered change regularly. If the price of your meds suddenly goes up, there is a chance that changing to a generic or even ask your doctor if another brand will work, can help you keep your prescription drug costs down. Sometimes prices are cheaper if switching to a 90-day prescription.
If you are prescribed medicine and the costs are high…please work and advocate for yourself. The price can likely come down. Your doctor and your pharmacy can help.
You can also help yourself. Go online. Type into your search bar the name of your medicine and then the word coupon. Often times there is a coupon to bring the cost down. Sometimes even cheaper than what your insurance co-pay is. Once I brought two coupons in and between the two coupons, I was able to get my meds cheaper than the insurance price.
Whatever you do…don’t give up on getting the medicine you need. If you’re not savvy with a computer, I’m sure there is someone in your life that can help. Just have them read this blog post and they will quickly know how to search to make your prescription drug costs more affordable.