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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Affordable Medications

I am really grateful for all those new Rheumatoid Arthritis medications which put a halt to the pain and progression of this disease and therefore prevent the deformities of the joints.

I have been using Humira for several years now and have not had a flare-up ever since. I still have to be careful not to overdo, but the limitations to what I can do are hardly worth mentioning. With so much choice, there is bound to be an RA drug that works for you.

The problem however is that they are extremely expensive and there are no generics. Your health insurance may not provide full coverage and you may be faced with huge out of pocket costs, but there might be an app for that!

Many manufacturers of brand name medications offer some sort of 'prescription protection plan' which means they can help with the costs and make it more affordable. In some cases, the out of pocket costs are reduces substantially and only result in a few dollars per prescription and/or refill.

This does not only pertain to RA drugs, but many more brand names and it is absolutely worth your time and effort inquiring whether such a plan is available for your medications as well.

There is another plan: God's plan. He has one for each of us and it is always better then anything we can come up with. When we do our part then He will take care of the rest!

Revelation 21:4
And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

7 Comments:

Blogger Tammy said...

Glad to have found your blog. I will be switching from enbrel to humira any day now. I am hoping for better results. I'm in a awful flare both physical and numbers on the lab test. Not plesant to say the least. I love your blog and look forward to my return trip. Gentle hugs. Tammy

April 25, 2011 8:51 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Tammy,
Thanks for the visit and your comment. I am so sorry to hear you are in such pain and I pray the Humira will arrive soon and help you as greatly as it did me.

I left you some tips on your blog and hope they are helpful to you in the meantime.

(((HUGS)))
God's Grace.

April 25, 2011 9:21 AM  
Blogger jel said...

Are y'all doing ok?

my e-mail not working.


huggs

April 28, 2011 11:14 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Janice,
Thanks for checking; yes, we are all fine. We had some heavy wind, but nothing like up north, Thank The Lord!

Are y'all okay??

(((HUGS)))

God's Grace.

April 28, 2011 1:17 PM  
Blogger jel said...

we are doing ok!


glad to hear all is well your way!
huggs

April 28, 2011 4:35 PM  
Blogger JamesyAmanda said...

I too have been on Humira and other RA meds. If it wasn't for the aid cards that come with Humira, Enbrel, Cimzia, etc I would find it difficult to afford the meds.

I have pretty good medical insurance but still it's a 40 dollar copay for the biologic. Plus prednisone, pain killers, and other medications. It can really ads up!

Anyone who is on a named brand medication should ask their doctor about plans to help pay for it. Celebrex is one med I take occasionally, it too is also 40/month but the Celebrex assistance plan makes it 15 which is much more managable!

Cheers! I look forward to reading more of your posts Corry.

May 06, 2011 3:14 PM  
Blogger Corry said...

Amanda,
Welcome to my blog and thank you so much for the information.

Yes, it all ads up and every little bit helps. Most of the RA meds don't have a generic and their payment plans help out a lot.

If you take other meds, it is worth it asking your doctor for a generic or even a sample. Sometimes they have those, like Boniva, Actonel, Advair, etc.; this saves an arm and a leg.

I hope your RA is not giving you too much trouble and I am looking forward to your visits.

God's Grace.

May 07, 2011 5:14 AM  

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