yvonne809

Q:

I can’t afford my medications and really need to know what—if anything—I can do now? I had insurance then I was able to get on cobra for a reasonable price. Now, my cobra is going back up to the original price. I live in Georgia and I am wondering where I might call to get help with my medication for my diabetes. I tried to get on Medicaid but I did not qualify.

Patty Bonsignore

A:

There are a few ways to save money on medications. One way is to have your doctor prescribe generic medications. Generic medications have to meet the same standards as brand name ones, but tend to be a lot cheaper. Also, many larger retail chains have generic drugs available for $4.00 per month. In addition, many drug companies, including those that manufacture insulin, offer free drugs to people in your situation. In order to take advantage of the free drug programs, you and your practitioner will need to fill out some forms. These forms can be found on the following website: www.needymeds.org and is different for each medication. There is no way to get free blood glucose strips, but a good website to get discounted blood glucose strips is http://www.rxoutreach.org. Also, many of the chain pharmacies have cards you can purchase for as little as $15.00 per year which will also give you discounts for medications purchased at their pharmacies. If you are having trouble managing all the paperwork call your local or state government to see if there are social workers available to help you.