Help with diabetes meds

By photogsis Latest Reply 2011-07-25 15:35:08 -0500
Started 2011-07-22 11:48:00 -0500

My husband died 3 months ago and I not only lost him but my house, dogs and I had to sell most of what we owned. I cannot afford to buy my diabetes meds every month. Can anyone help me with finding a way to get them free or at little cost?

Thank you,

32 replies

harry1 2011-07-24 15:57:53 -0500 Report

Sherry what kind of meter do you use? If its a freedom free style lite i can give you some test strips I have three extra boxes of 100's per box that i can give you if it will help. Harry

notgatorbait 2011-07-24 09:31:58 -0500 Report

In Florida Publix Supermarket has a Pharmacy Diabetes Management System. Get your prescriptions for generic immediate-release metformin (500 mg, 850 mg and 1000 mg) FREE, up to a 30-day supply (90 tablets). There's no limit to the number of refills of free medication you can receive. It's a great help.

harry1 2011-07-24 06:06:07 -0500 Report

Sherry, I don't know what state you live in but i was without insurance in 2009 due to a panic attack that put in the hospital and my employer decided to release me. I went through our savings account in 3 months just paying for meds. I looked on the prescription bottles and see who made the drug and looked them up on line to see if they offered a free program for anyone who cannot afford the meds. I contacted my county welfare office for help then i found out that the state of PA has a program called MAWD (medical assisstance for workers with disabilites) it is a program where you pay a low preimiun (example wife makes 1200 a month we pay $34.00 a month to to state for her insurance). I take 19 differant meds a month and she takes 3 a month for all we pay $13 in copays on meds our dr visits copays are $2.00 per visit and so far they have covered all test and medical supplies. You my be able to find info on your state's website. I hope this info helps you and good luck Harry and i know what you are going through with the your lost love one my mom lost 2 out of 9 that way one in 1986 and the other one this year keep your chin up.

VickieF 2011-07-23 20:16:34 -0500 Report

I am so very sorry for your loss and heart break.I know how devestating it is as I had a brother that commited suicide.
I have a small income from my first marrage of 17 1/2 years. I have no insurance and have the same problems getting any help. I went to the health department in my county. They work on a sliding scale according to income. No income no charge. They have helped me by giving me meds and finding me a RX card that will help with 5 meds a month plus diabetic meds. I do not pay more than $8.00 a month for any one script. You would prob. either get yours free or minimal charge. Hope this helps you.

Joy Anne
Joy Anne 2011-07-25 00:16:43 -0500 Report

I wish that the county I live in would help me! When I went in to try and get some help they told me people are eating cat food to get there meds…

nanaellen 2011-07-23 19:49:27 -0500 Report

Hi again Sherry, You know what?? Inbox me with your address and I'll send you one of mine!! I finally have insurance I can get more!! InBox me O.k.?? Ellen

photogsis 2011-07-24 15:58:36 -0500 Report

I don't know how to inbox anyone. My email is small

jayabee52 2011-07-24 19:35:16 -0500 Report

To be able to email someone they have to be on your friends list, Sherry. If they are on your friends list, a link will appear on their profile saying "send a message". Click that link and the email will come up.
I like to be able to email folks on DC for a variety of reasons. That's why I invite so many people to be friends.

djan63 2011-07-23 15:04:51 -0500 Report

I live in Denton, Tx and my income is minimal disability but my clinic is very helpful with my insulin and MS pain meds. It is very hard to find but there is help, you just have to dig for it and ask lots of questions. Sorry for your losses and my prayers are with you. This is one of the greatest features of this site you will have lots of communication and support. I am very proud to be part of this community!

cottoncandybaby 2011-07-23 10:40:53 -0500 Report

Sherry, My heart sinks thinking of everything you have been through. Everything I was going to say has already been said here and maybe some of the websites given to you will help. The only other thing I was thinking of, if all else fails, is to contact your local newspaper and have them cover your situation, and possibly someone who reads that article will know of a local source for you to get free or nearly free insulin. If nothing else, you will probably hear from other people who have been in a similar situation, near you, who will be able to steer you to the right agencies or people who will be able to help you right away. You are in my thoughts and prayers, also, along with all the great people on here…as someone on here said, speak up loudly and try every avenue until you get the help you need and deserve, it is out there, I have no doubt… P.S. It seems to me, to prove you have no income, all someone would have to do is to look up your social sec. number and see from that, that there was no social sec. or taxes paid into the system. It seems that any govenment agency could do that within a few minutes and know for sure. Amy

scribbles 2011-07-24 05:05:35 -0500 Report

The newspaper sounds like a great idea! I know the paper here would be all over it and do a 'progress report' a year later.
You are in my heart and prayers. Stay strong and keep yelling. Remember about the squeaky wheel getting the grease! (squeak squeak!)

eristar 2011-07-23 06:34:51 -0500 Report

I just want to add my sympathy for your horrible losses, even though I can't add any more suggestions for your meds than have already been suggested here by others. My prayers are with you - please keep us updated. We're here for you.

doggier 2011-07-22 23:15:01 -0500 Report

Sherry, I am sorry about your lose. I lose my dad last November all of a sudden. All I can say is please just try to take the best care of yourself you can.

msann 2011-07-22 20:00:30 -0500 Report

my prayers are with you

photogsis 2011-07-22 20:13:04 -0500 Report

Thank you ALL for you help, kindness and prayers! I woke up one morning and couldn't find my husband of 29 years. I found him in our shop, hanging from the rafters. My heart was shattered! We had no insurance of any kind. I've already had to stop taking some of my meds because I just cannot afford them. I have to have my insulin. My Doctor is very kind and does give me samples when she has them. She also gives me one of my BP meds and my inhalers. I just feel so lost. I tried to get my insulin free but they told me I needed proof of income. I told them I don't have any income. How can I prove I don't have any income? Thanks again for everyone's help and all the new friends who have requested to be my friend. That really means a lot to me. Sherry

digitaldoorbell 2011-07-22 18:38:26 -0500 Report

I am sorry for your loss(es) also. I see that you received great recommendations.
I hope they help you and that you can find comfort, peace and health.

MewElla 2011-07-22 17:23:01 -0500 Report

My heart goes out to will be in my daily prayers. I would call the County Health Clinics, ask for referrals to another source if they can't help, ck with pharmacist, they may have sources for help, call local Churches, they may have idea for your area…Talk with your Dr and just keep calling every source you can find…Plse keep us posted and God Bless You…

SweetHeatherJ 2011-07-22 13:10:12 -0500 Report

Hi Sherry,
It wouldn't hurt to check out It's a point of service site for pharmaceutical companies' patient assistance programs. You enter all the medications that you are taking and fill in your information. It will then fill out the forms for each company whose drug you are on and then it sends the forms to your doctor to sign off.
If all else fails, ask your doctor form some samples to help carry you through.
Hope this is helpful for you.

granniesophie 2011-07-22 12:35:18 -0500 Report

Oh my, I am so sorry for your losses, and all at once, too.
You know, the squeeky wheel gets the grease, so maybe its time you start making some noise! By that I mean, start calling around to the County health Clinics, Churches, hospitals, Salvation Army, and anyone else who you think will listen. Tell your story loud and clear, and make sure that someone gives you answers. Don't put up with being brushed off. No proof of income is not an answer. Demand to talk to someone else there, and keep on talking.
You have to stand up for you.
And keep us posted. We care about you, too.
You are in my thoughts. Take care of you.

nanaellen 2011-07-22 12:05:49 -0500 Report

Hi Sherry, Sorry for ALL your losses I can't even imagine losing everything all at once!! I will remember you in my prayers! But to answer your question what kind of meds are you looking for??? I got my insulin (lantus) free from the manufacturerer they have an application you can get online…you have your doctor fill it out and they send 3 months supply at a time to your doctor and you can just go pick it up!! Saved me over $200.00 a month!! AND the best thing is it's good for one year AND you can re-apply anytime as needed!! Most Churches have funds too! Or check your local hospitals they may be able to point you in the right direction!! There are other links here too!! You may want to write to Mays she has lots of info!! Hope this helps in some small way!! Good luck to you! Your friend, Ellen :)

photogsis 2011-07-22 12:11:00 -0500 Report

I tried to get the lantus and they turned me down. They wanted me to give them proof of income. How can I give them proof of income when I don't have any income? Thanks, I lost my husband to suicide. I was the one who found him. …

nzingha 2011-07-22 16:34:13 -0500 Report

oh my God so sad.. dont these people realise u r talking about ur life here and u need the medication to stay alive?

nanaellen 2011-07-22 12:36:55 -0500 Report

Do you have a copy of your last taxes?? That's what I used for mine. If you don't mind me asking what state do you live in?? So sorry about your husband, unfortunately my husband is doing the same thing but SLOWLY. He was DX with lung cancer and had his lung removed and they said he was cancer free as long as he quit smoking. He didn't. He got the cancer back in the middle where the lungs connect to your esophogus and went through chemo and radiation and once again they told him he was cancer free if he quit smoking. He still hasn't. Honestly don't know what's worse sudden suicide or just WATCHING him kill himself SLOWLY. Either way I totally sypathize with you, hang in there Sherry, we're all here for you!! Ellen

Pappy03 2011-07-22 12:02:29 -0500 Report

Try Liberty Medical and check out the meds manufacturer website. All of the manufactures have patient assistant programs that are really good, just some red tape getting started with them. You might also check with your local home health care and most states have patient addvocates that will help you.
Good luck and hang in there.