Help With Medications
No one LIKES to take pills!
But if you MUST take medications and do not have insurance, or your insurer decides not to pay for your prescriptions, what do you do? If you are willing to do your "homework" there are places to contact that may help you obtain needed medications for less money or even for free. Some pharmacies offer and accept discount coupons and/or have special lists of reduced priced medications (all on list are $4).
Compare prices regularly!
Today Walgreens has Mepron for $750
The same medication at Publix is $1,483.
Walgreens has clarithromycin today for $47
CVS Pharmacy has it for $42
The same medication at Walmart is $27
And at Sam's Club (with a membership) it is $10
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From your phone dial 2-1-1. They can assist you by sharing information on where to get free or reduced price medications. Each calling area has its own specific resources based on your location.
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Pharmacy Checker.com Compare prices on medications sold in Canada and internationally. The site also has a search button near the bottom of the page so you can check some of the prices for that medication in the USA. If you don't see your medication on the main list, click at the bottom of each lettered section ("A", "B", "C", etc.) where it says "More".
Canada Drugs.com - Discount prescriptions.
The Canadian Pharmacy - Order online prescription drugs thru the website, or by fax or phone.
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The inclusion of any links on this page are not endorsements of these sites or programs. This is simply a resource to try to make it easier for you to get your medications.
Below are websites for patient assistance programs to help you obtain discount prescription drugs or free drugs. Some are specifically for those with a low income (some consider low income to be in the $40,000.00 range). Some will help reduce or eliminate insurance co-pays. Please check each site for details.
There are also websites below for purchasing lower cost supplements, over-the-counter meds and even pet medications at a lower cost than most places offer.
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Mepron Patient Assistance Plan
(Reports from patients about this program have been very good!)
Drug Name: Mepron
Program Name: GSK Bridges to Access
Income Limits (family size of one – family size of two): $27,075 - $36,425; for larger family contact RX Access for Income Limits
How Dispensed: Pharm card
Additional Mepron PAP Program Guideline Information:
There is also a program for patients on Medicare Plan D. The patient must provide proof that he/she has spent $600 or more for prescription medicines since January 1 and provide a copy of the Medicare Plan D ID card. A pharmacy card will be mailed to use at any pharmacy at no cost.
GSK Patient Assistance Program- https://www.gskforyou.com/uninsured-patient-assistance/
If you feel you need assistance with the Mepron Patient Assistance Program's paperwork (it isn't difficult for most) you may want to check this site. They will do it for you for a fee. More Information Here
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IV Infusion Pharmacies & Supplies
Infusion & Compounding Pharmacy Specializing in Lyme Disease Treatment
Reported by patients to have better prices for supplies and medications
Explains the basics like flushing, dressing changes, capping lines, infusing IV, etc.
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Low Cost or Free
Antibiotics & Other Medications
If you have a local Winn Dixie, Wal-Mart, Target Store or Giant Eagle Supermarket please see their Discount Prescription Plans that offer a 30 day supply of certain medications for $4.00, or a 90 day supply for $10.00.
Sam's Club has medications like Doxycycline, Ciprofloxacin, Clarithromycin, Levofloxacin, Minocycline, Penicillin, Amoxicillin, Azithromyacin and many more on their Extra Value Drug List. Doses and duration may not be exactly what you need, however you can get what is available thru the program and pay extra if necessary (above the standard $4.00 price). Here is their current list of free or reduced priced medications.
Walgreens has a 'Valued-Priced Medication List' with over 700 medications at discounted prices. Publix Pharmacy offers free antibiotics (2 wk. supply) and one free month of Metformin along with other specials.
United Supermarkets and Price Chopper Supermarkets offer free antibiotics.
Wegmans offers some free antibiotics and $4 & $10 generic drugs. Harris Teeter offers generic medications at a reduced price too. See links below.
UPDATE- CVS announced its new cost saving program will begin in May 2017. See link in list below for more information.
Special offers like those above can change at any time.
Please check each site and the stores in your area before purchasing
New prescriptions or refilling any medications.
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Free or Reduced Priced
For more information call (978) 865-4115
Call center (888) 477-2669
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Coupons & Discount Cards
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BLINK HEALTH- https://www.blinkhealth.com - allows you to pay online then go to your pharmacy to pick up your medications at a "lower price" or in some cases they are free. The total cost may be lower than your standard co-pays, just tell pharmacist to use BLINK HEALTH instead of your insurance if that is the case. First time customers get a $5.00 off coupon to use in addition to the other savings. No membership is required.
We Have An App For That!
[Find lowest local prices for your meds.]
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Supplements & Herbal Medications
Helpful Hint- Go to the Price Drop website and type in the name of your supplement. They will quickly show where the lowest price is for that item. For most items a substantial savings was seen. Price Drop Website- Click Here
Helpful Hint- Check E-Bay for supplements. Some sellers also offer free shipping and prices are very good. E-Bay Website- Click Here
NOTICE- The maker of VSL#3 probiotic offers assistance program for ulcerative colitis and ileal pouch patients. To apply for assistance or contact a representative with questions about the program, patients call 1‑877‑279‑2459. Article Here
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Popular Sites For Lower Cost Supplements
(Thanks to Lymetoo for this information below.)
Medication Information- NIH Library
You can check for meds WITHOUT certain ingredients.
Daily Meds site is located here, which is another site for checking medications. "This is what I was told about calling manufacturers for information on ingredients: "You will likely get better info on the government sites than calling the company.
They have to file accurate ingredients with the government but can put vague ingredients on the packaging like modified food starch. On the phone they won't tell you what food, but the site usually says corn, potato, etc.
Type in the words "professional information on" or "prescribing information" and the name of the drug to get what your docs do- the most complete info without writing the company."
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Specific Drugs & Manufacturers
Patient Assistance Programs