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Geri (geejay) -
Subject: Prescription Prices
Date Posted: 5/2/2009 8:00 PM ET
Member Since: 9/2/2008
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I was given a prescription for Januvia which is for diabetes.  It costs $271 for 30 pills.  The pharmasist told me to ask the doctor for something less expensive.  Luckily I had a coupon from Astra Zenaca for one month free.

Then I found that if you don't have insurance and are a low income single person - I think and it's less than $22,000 a year that qualifies you get your prescriptions free from them.  Naturally if it a family the income is higher but still qualifies.  I didn't look into it but I believe if you have co-pay insurance you might still get a break on the price.  Not free but a break. 

I mention this because some of my prescriptions are not generic so they're more than $4 a month.

I didn't know that Astra Zenaca has quite a program for people to get expensive drugs free or a low cost.  My dad had one that was $600 a month for 30 pills and he got them no charge.  My mom gets hers from her doctor and he has a supply directly from Astra Zenaca.  He has the forms and gives her a three month supply right out of his office.

Date Posted: 5/2/2009 10:23 PM ET
Member Since: 12/20/2008
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Although they don't advertise this, many of the big pharma's do have a program that gets patients needed prescrips for low to no cost, pending income requirements.

Ask your doctor and if your doctor doesn't know, check with the manufacturer--their website, customer service, etc.