Discount Prescription Programs

By Doryian Latest Reply 2011-08-11 14:49:32 -0500
Started 2011-08-09 11:33:22 -0500

I am a new diabetic / insulin user. I have Blue Cross / Blue Shield. My co-pay for each non-generic drug is $30. I'm taking two different types of insulin (NovoLog & Lantus SoloStar). Between the co-pays and supplies, it's around $100 a month. I'm sure most of you are in my same boat. But I simply can't afford this - it's either the insulin or the electric bill… I looked around, but think there is no generic form of insulin. Is that correct? I found a discount prescription program that seems promising. XUBEX. Have any of you ever used this program? Any feedback? Is it a scam, too much hassle, unreliable? Do you know of any other discount programs to help with the co-pay as this one claims to do (I'm in Florida)?

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diabetesfree 2011-08-10 16:46:27 -0500 Report

FYI, the Advantis patient assistance program requires that you NOT have insurance to receive assistance from the company. This is the same with most patient assistance programs. Also, you must have an income that is considerably below the national poverty level. Depending on what state you live in, that number may or not be realistic as an amount of money that a person would be able to actually live on (i.e. rent, food, water).

Doryian 2011-08-11 14:49:02 -0500 Report

Yes. There are some great programs out there if you are 250% below the poverty level. I also found a nice program that would help me out substantially, but because it's insulin it has to be shipped to the extreme - so there's a $48 shipping fee. I have managed to find some manufacturer coupons though. That'll get me started. Not sure how I'll manage long-term though…

alanbossman 2011-08-09 21:18:55 -0500 Report

Hi Doryian jsut to let you know I aslo take lantus you can call Sanofi Aventis and ask about help for paying for your insulin

Doryian 2011-08-11 14:49:32 -0500 Report

That's a good idea to just call them. I looked around on their website - but didn't see much. Thanks!

ShellyLargent 2011-08-09 12:00:55 -0500 Report

Call your insurance and ask about Walmart's brand, ReliOn. Even at full cost, it's only $24.88 a bottle. They might consider it as generic. That would be for the NovoLog. ReliOn doesn't make anything comparable to Lantus that I know of. They do make an NPH insulin, but that's not the same as Lantus. ReliOn also makes meters and test strips that are considerably lower in cost than the big name brands. They have several meters ranging from $9 to $40. Strips are $8 for 20-ct, $20 for 50-ct and $40 for 100-ct. They might also be at a lower co-pay as a generic product. It'd be worth the call to the insurance to find out.

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