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JessicaR
03-04-2009, 04:05 PM
I am in absolute shock over the retail price of asthma medications! We currently don't have insurance and I was going to try and get by without my Singular. Well, a few days into it and I woke up in the middle of the night with a tight chest feeling. I called the pharmacy and it was $127 for 30 pills!!! Over my dead body (literally). So I figured I'd try and limp along on an Albuteral inhaler. It's now $50!!! And I read up that it doesn't work as well as the old ones. How do they expect people with cronic conditions to survive???

LadyFirelyght
03-04-2009, 04:47 PM
Have you tried Walmart? They have hundreds of different prescriptions for $4, so you might just be able to find yours for a price you can afford.

evona
03-04-2009, 04:53 PM
Yes - Target and Walmart both offer $4 generic prescriptions. You should call them and find out if the generic version of your asthma medication is available through their program and then ask your doctor for a prescription that allows you to get generic as well.

Jan in CA
03-04-2009, 06:14 PM
That's terrible! Here's the drug list for Target and Walmart. I don't see the generic drug for Singular (montelukast sodium), but they do have albuterol.

http://sites.target.com/site/en/health/generic_drugs.jsp?sort=alph
http://sites.target.com/site/en/health/generic_drugs.jsp
http://i.walmartimages.com/i/if/hmp/fusion/customer_list.pdf

Mike
03-04-2009, 06:44 PM
You know how at the end of the commercials they say, "If you can't afford your prescription medicine please call for assistance."?

Do so.
Here is one. http://www.togetherrxaccess.com/Tx/jsp/home.jsp

JustAFloridaGirl
03-04-2009, 06:44 PM
My husband has asthma and we don't have insurance. To get by he gets an over the counter inhaler (like Primatine Mist or similar, it was around $15) for most asthma attacks. For the REALLY bad ones he uses his expired prescription inhaler.

Isn't it wonderful that we live in a country where health care is a privilege and not a right?

zkimom
03-04-2009, 07:13 PM
You know how at the end of the commercials they say, "If you can't afford your prescription medicine please call for assistance."?

Do so.
Here is one. http://www.togetherrxaccess.com/Tx/jsp/home.jsp

I second and third what Mike said.

JessicaR
03-04-2009, 07:30 PM
The Albuteral on the $4 list is the nebulizer treatments and the pills, not the inhaler. And there is no generic of Singulair and the only other alternative was only $10 less and you need to take it twice a day.

I've looked into the free prescription programs and I may have to pray I get into one, but I hope that we have insurance thru my husband's job by the first of next month. Last time we didn't have insurance these prices weren't nearly as bad and I worked at Target so I could get my discount and coupons/rebates, and samples from my doctor. But just try getting any samples nowadays, it's insane!

evona
03-04-2009, 07:44 PM
:hug: :hug: I know how it is. I didn't have health insurance for years. I just got insurance last year and even now the insurance I have doesn't include prescriptions. Thankfully I had a doctor for the kids that would let me make payments whenever they needed to see him for coughs, ear infections, physicals etc and, when he could he would order medicine directly into his office for me so I would only have to pay his cost. But there were definitely times when medicine was needed NOW and I couldn't wait for it to be sent to his office. It was so hard to juggle the cost of prescriptions and things like oh . . . food, electricity, etc.

Mike
03-04-2009, 08:22 PM
I've looked into the free prescription programs and I may have to pray I get into one, but I hope that we have insurance thru my husband's job by the first of next month.

That's how it worked for me.
I got on togetherrxaccess because of a $100 prescription and then before I could use togetherrxaccess I got insurance.

Also if you're in the NRA they have a prescription discount program free with membership.

bailsmom
03-04-2009, 10:39 PM
Hey, do you have AAA? They have a prescription discount card for people who don't have coverage.

I use Singulair too (for my allergies) and had to stop taking it because our copay is ridiculous but I had to start taking it again so we've had to do without a few other things. There's got to be another drug out there that will help you. Call your nurse and see if she can find one that's generic for you.

Good luck.

vaknitter
03-04-2009, 11:27 PM
Depending on how severe your asthma is you may be able to substitute a good allergy med for the singulair. I was able to come off Singulair years ago and now take Zyrtec 1-2x/day depending on how I feel. Zyrtec is now available over the counter and typically there are $4 off coupons to be found on line or in the newspaper. As I understand it Singulair blocks leukotrienes which are responsible for the histamine reaction that is an allergy attack. So for asthma it helps keep down the inflammation in your lungs - it is not an immediate relief/stop an asthma attack type drug like an inhaler.

Another thought for the Singulair is to ask you doctor if he has any samples he can give you. For years I couldn't afford the copay on my Singulair and Zyrtec was not covered by ins so I lived off samples from the allergist and my PCP until Zyrtec went OTC.

JessicaR
03-05-2009, 03:47 AM
I already take Zyrtec for my allergies. I was just doing so well on everything that I haven't needed a rescue inhaler for months! And our doctors office went to a "no samples" policy. I think it had to do with the drug reps and crap, but it kinda bites in a way too.

I'm just going to have to buck it up and pay it. I'm going to check out the Walmart here for their price and see if they'll take the 10% coupon I found online. I looked it up and Singulair is not due to go generic until 2012. But Walmart did introduce their own version of the eco-friendly albuterol inhaler that isn't as bad cost wise.

http://walmartstores.com/FactsNews/NewsRoom/8887.aspx

Ronda
03-05-2009, 07:33 AM
We recently changed insurance, and now our CO-PAY IS $60 for a month of Singulair. I stopped taking it. My doctor also told me that because they changed the inhalers so that they are no longer aerosol, there are no generics on the inhalers right now, so an inhaler for my daughter is a $60 co-pay as well. It's ridiculous. My doctor, did, however give me a coupon for 2 free months of an inhaler. Perhaps your doctor could offer you the same. If you're interested, I can look it up and tell you which inhaler/company it is. I can't remember right off the bat.

I found the coupon. It's actually only 1 free month and then $15 off the next 2 prescriptions. It's for Proventil HFA from Schering-Plough, and here's a link to the offer: http://www.rxvouchers.com/offer.html?id=225

Phretys
03-05-2009, 02:00 PM
I have insurance (Anthem Blue Cross) and I still have to pay $185 for Advair, which has no generic. I think the retail price is over $300. How can the average person pay that much? It's ridiculous. I've been declined by other insurance companies with better rates for non-generic medication, so I'm stuck with Anthem, which I do NOT recommend to anyone if they can help it.

Jan in CA
03-05-2009, 02:21 PM
I have Blue Shield and with all this talk I looked it up. It says it would cost me $15. I really hate that these companies are making so much money and they can't charge a reasonable price for so many people. :grrr:

JessicaR
03-05-2009, 04:25 PM
I would just like to find someone high up in these drug companies and wrap a plasitc bag around their head and poke a little tiny pin hole in it and ask them how they like it! :gah:

I had my prescrption transfer to the Walmart over here, the $9 inhaler has only 60 metered puffs, not 200. But hey, it's only $9. I'm so glad I was able to fill my Advair for 90 days right before we lost our insurance. I'd die, literally!

Mike
03-05-2009, 06:20 PM
I would just like to find someone high up in these drug companies and wrap a plasitc bag around their head and poke a little tiny pin hole in it and ask them how they like it! :gah:

Can I hit them on the head with a sledgehammer and poke them in the eyes with needles for the cost of migraine meds too?

Songbirdy
03-05-2009, 06:36 PM
I know that it is often percieved that Canadians have it better when it comes to getting drugs. I just wanted to say that this isn't always true.

I'm a migraine suffer, who has finally found relief after 3 years of weekly visits to a Naturo-path.

Prior to that... a single pill of the medication that worked for me was $30 at the cheapest place I could find.

At the time I was in university and that was the equivalent of 4 hours at my 'student' job. I was just ever so grateful that they would dispense them one at a time.

Oh, and I only took them at exam time when I *had* to be alert and couldn't suffer through. Sometimes taking 4 tylenol #3's would work but I couldn't often get them because the doctor was afraid of misuse.

hartleystudio
03-05-2009, 09:21 PM
Tell your Dr. Before my son had some bad side effects with Singulair (which is such a great drug, we miss it!) he always gave us free samples. We never paid for it, ever.

Mike is right too, I got free meds from the drug company when we didn't have insurance and my meds were more than I could afford. Call them, they want you to be well. You will most probably either get assistance from your Dr or the drug company.

JessicaR
03-05-2009, 10:37 PM
Well, I had just picked up my $9 inhaler and my husband called. He said that they told him that his employer would be hiring him on next week. So here's hoping!

Debkcs
03-06-2009, 03:22 AM
I'll be praying that he gets hired and that the $9.00 inhaler helps.

Not to play 'one up', because an asthma attack is much worse, but my DH has an MS med that costs over $1600.00 a month! The copay is $300.00; we're both on SSDI with a bit of job related disability thrown in, so it's tough. One of my rheumatoid arthritis meds is $120.00, and I don't have Medicare/Humana yet, so I don't take it.

Having watched a lot of patients in the ER with severe asthma attacks over the years, I sincerely hope that the meds you have are the right ones for you now.

BTW, have you ever cut out milk and all milk products? I suggested this to a friend for her grandson,and his asthma is gone, except an occasional attack when he tries to go out and run in the New Mexico heat.

khewes
03-06-2009, 09:50 AM
My Mother in Law buys her prescriptions from Canada.
Saves tons.

JessicaR
03-06-2009, 10:58 PM
Yeah, I think I'm lactose intolerant because I had 4 milk shakes yesterday and felt like crap. Think it was the lactose *jk* ;)

I don't drink milk because I did notice an increase in my allergies when I do. But I love cheese and ice cream! :waah:

Debkcs, I couldn't imagine paying that much!

Jan in CA
03-07-2009, 01:31 AM
I don't eat dairy products anymore except very rarely. :( I drink 8th Continent Fat Free Vanilla soy milk (yum!), Veggie slices (cheese) are good on sandwiches, and I'm still looking for a decent yogurt replacement. I don't like the soy ones I've tried. There is a new coconut milk yogurt that I'm going to try if I can find it.

tarrentella
03-07-2009, 05:15 AM
People in the UK complain about our healthcare (and the cost of prescriptiions) all the time, but reading these stories has realy put things into perspective.
Some people are exempt from prescription charges (those on particualr types of benefit, childeren and concer patients)
Those of us who do pay pay 7.10 per prescription item (about $11 i think). I find this hard enough and i know i am not the only one who, when given a prescription of several items will ask the doctor which ones i need now and which i can hold off getting for a couple of weeks. Thankfully this 7.10 doesn't vary with the item so you are paying the same whether it is a 5 day course of antibiotics or a 200 dose inhalor. I can't imagine the difficulty and anxiety of having to pay hundereds of dollars or pounds for medication each month.
God Bless the NHS!

lizardknits
03-18-2009, 11:02 AM
does the company that sells it offer a lower cost program for people who need medicines for chronic conditions
hey, i know what you mean. I get my stuff (advair, singulair, proventil, zoloft) mail order, but the company only lets us do two refills in a specific period of time and then they don't like it (each refill is three advair, or three proventil puffers, or a 90 day supply of generic zoloft).
also, consider getting samples at your doctors office of singulair. thats what I did when I was between prescriptions.

novice stitcher
03-25-2009, 11:15 AM
I hear you and I couldn't have said this better myself. I'm in Ontario and I have had for over 10 years a really BAD case of eczema. It seems to run in the women side of my family. We tried just about everything and working part time... I didn't have benefits for prescriptions. The doctor wanted to put me on this stuff that cost about $150 for one week's treatment. We paid it. It didn't work.

I should also mention that we're at the mercy of the provincial gov't who in it's heightened artificial intelligence decided to remove eye exams (unless you're under 18 or over 65 or diabetic) and hearing tests (unless again, you're under 18 or over 65) from the health insurance coverage our taxes go into. Guess what. I wear glasses AND hearing aids and just turned 33. So it's $80 a pop. Plus the costs of glasses (for me - $500 because my eyesight is so bad) and hearing aids ($1,000 each x 2) because I'm borderline deaf.

Jenn

I know that it is often percieved that Canadians have it better when it comes to getting drugs. I just wanted to say that this isn't always true.

I'm a migraine suffer, who has finally found relief after 3 years of weekly visits to a Naturo-path.

Prior to that... a single pill of the medication that worked for me was $30 at the cheapest place I could find.

At the time I was in university and that was the equivalent of 4 hours at my 'student' job. I was just ever so grateful that they would dispense them one at a time.

Oh, and I only took them at exam time when I *had* to be alert and couldn't suffer through. Sometimes taking 4 tylenol #3's would work but I couldn't often get them because the doctor was afraid of misuse.

iwouldratherbeknitting
03-26-2009, 04:59 PM
I hope you feel better soon--- and do drink lots of water.. (It can't hurt, right?) :D

Anyway, I have the asthma stuff too ... I'm currently living in a foreign country.. (as an American) so, I have to pay full price for the local doctor visits and all needed prescription meds. THEN, I file it w/ my USA health insurance and hope that they 'give me money back'...
Since, I'm not a local national (Germany) I have to pay big bucks for their health care (doctor visits and medicines).. since, I don't qualify for their national (whatever it is officially called here) health care plan.

THEY also charge 19% tax on all goods including prescription meds! This helps pay for that program and I'm sure many others.

I just got over having pneumonia a couple of weeks ago (asthma related) and was on tons of asthma meds and other meds for 11 weeks. It was quite expensive and I seriously need to get my act together and file my health insurance claims- so, I can get some $$ back.

I wanted to tell you about an asthma inhaler that 'might' be available in the states now- I was first given it 2 years ago (I was in South Korea then) and it was amazing. I continue using it. It's from Switzerland- I'm pretty sure.

Name: Symbicort 60 doses. It has really helped me. It is to be used daily.. and is not a rescue inhaler. The cool thing about this type of inhaler is that it's a big pill of solid powder on the inside... you turn a dial which scrapes off the proper dosage amount, you put your mouth over the open end (tiny hole) and suck in like the inhaler.. w/out that forced spray stuff in your mouth. I like it much better.. no nasty medicine taste in your mouth/etc.

I saw a lung specialist in the states a couple of summers ago and had brought all the meds that I'd been given after having a 10 day hospital stay that spring (pneumonia) and he told me then that the drug (pill form only at that time) had just been ok'ed to be released in the states. He asked me how the drug as an inhaler was working for me and was impressed that I actually had the inhaler to use.

The German doctor gave it to me this winter to take with my pnemonia/asthma illness. I'm also afraid that it is going to be expensive- it's even expensive to me here.

Stay well..