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Q:

Hi my name is Kirsten. I recently lost my job and my medical insurance too. I am trying to figure out what is the best way to get help with cost of my meds. not just my insulin and testing supplies ( I am type 2). but my other meds as well. I found out without insurance my Levimir is going to cost me $70.12 per pen !? I use one of those within 2 days. Any help I am grateful for. I am currently trying to find out where my county government medical building is to sign up.

Patty Bonsignore

A:

Almost all the drug companies have patient assistance programs for people in your circumstances. These programs provide free medications to people with no insurance. To qualify for these programs you and your doctor need to fill out a form and send it to the drug company. Within a couple of weeks, the drug company will decide whether you qualify for the drug assistance program based upon your income. If you do qualify, a 3-month supply of medicine will be sent to your doctor’s office for you to pick up. To find the forms you need, go to “Needymeds.com” and type in the medicine you take. Print out the form and fill it out. A different form will be needed for each of the medicines you take. Because vial and syringe are cheaper than insulin pens, to get free medicine you may need to switch from an insulin pen to a vial and syringe. Talk to your doctor about learning how to use a vial and syringe.

April 16, 2014 at 9:53 am

4 replies

Sweet Stuff 60
Sweet Stuff 60 2014-07-31 17:07:40 -0500 Report

Hi Mary, I saw your comment Re: Prescription Assistance 123-I Just signed with them 30 min. ago but have concern-they want to send my meds to my Doctor-They've never heard of such a thing and wont do it-Did they do the same with you-they are legitimate I hope-let me know.

maryh514
maryh514 2014-05-23 08:47:56 -0500 Report

I was able to get help for my insulin through a company called Prescription Assistance 123. The name of the patient advocate that assisted me was Mark Brown. I am on insulin (lantus and Humalog) He signed me up for the patient assistance program through the manufacture and it was a really simple process. I receive my medications in the mail every three months. I would recommend him and this company to anyone. His number is (888) 507-9123 or his direct number is (561) 288-9044
Thanks Mark and good luck to everyone!
www.rxassistance123.com

curiousgrd
curiousgrd 2014-05-21 16:12:45 -0500 Report

Yes I agree!!! Patient Assistance Programs have been my life saver. Being newly diagnosed and medically I can't work. I use the heck out these PAP's. Xubex 1-866-699-8239 has free and reduced med costs to where the meds are shipped to you directly. My County Health Department has a low cost program that I pay $10.00 per vial for Levemir and other's cost $ 5.00 for 30 days RX. They even allowed me to see them as my new primary care dr for $ 25.00 a vist and also has dental as a plus too. I get 90 day supply of needles from BD Insulin 1-866-818-6906. My diabetes doctor gives me insulin samples to help me each time I go. NOTE: BE VERY CAREFUL about free meters…it has been my experience that the free meters come with very expensive strips(that is where they get you) Walmart meter was perfect. I have the Prodigy Auto Code and I can get my strips from Atlanta Diabetes Wholesale or Diabetes supplies for less 50 ct $ 9.80. Walmart has ReliOn Diabetes supplies such as Alcohol swabs 100 ct for $1.00. As mentioned NeedyMeds is an excellent resource to use…Good Luck and hope this helps you and anyone else.