Pricey prescription drug bills are a serious problem for anyone paying out of pocket or whose insurance has a hefty copay. (That may be most of us these days.) Having the doctor write the correct prescription won’t help much if the patient can’t shell out the money to take it.
Learning about organizations that can help those who cannot afford their essential medications is a big help, so we thank the reader who brought this to our attention.
Q. I read about the person who couldn’t take generic Prozac. It doesn’t work for me either. My pharmacist has not ever given me a generic fluoxetine that could keep me feeling calm, in control and content as I do on brand-name Prozac.
Because I could not afford the $1,400.00 for brand name (I earn under $30,000 per year), I qualify to get my Prozac from a company called RxHope. They are US based and have an 800 number and a website. The current charge for these services is $25.00 per month. I hope this helps others!
A. Thanks for the tip. Many pharmaceutical manufacturers have patient assistance programs to help those who could not otherwise afford their pricey prescription drug bills.
You can learn more about such programs, including RxHope, at www.healthfinder.gov/rxdrug/.
The pharmaceutical manufacturers have collaborated on a single website for all their patient assistance programs. You will find it at Partnership for Prescription Assistance: www.pparx.org.